It was also the first game in a long time that Avangard has been involved with where the home team was victorious.
Things will start anew out in Balashikha and this is something the team’s fans are as hungry for as they ever have been.
Buckle up for more Gagarin Cup action in what is turning out to be a thriller of a series!
The series is tied 1-1.
Game 1: A 4-1 victory for Avangard.
Game 2: A 3-0 victory for CSKA.
About the game
Shalunov scored his playoff-leading 11th goal in CSKA’s 3-0 victory. It proved to be the game-winner. He is currently 3rd in playoff scoring with 16 points and tied for first with a +10 rating.
Johansson has played 66:37 straight minutes without allowing a goal against.
CSKA: Dmitri Samorukov
Avangard: Nail Yakupov, Maxim Chudinov, Alexei Emelin
Defenseman Ville Pokka is hoping to suit up for his 200th career KHL game (currently at 199).
Forward Ilya Kovalchuk is hoping to collect his 400th career KHL point (currently at 396).
Forward Ilya Kablukov is hoping to collect his 100th career KHL assist (currently at 99).
Forward Sergei Tolchinsky is hoping to collect his 100th career KHL point (currently at 99).
Forward Ivan Telegin is hoping to collect his 100th career KHL point (currently at 99).