Goldobin’s hat-trick got Metallurg back into contention on Tuesday, and today Magnitka may tie things up with the Hawks. In the West, Spartak will also try to win the series against SKA.

When the series moved to Balashikha after two Avangard wins in Magnitogorsk, not many expected Magnitka to have a real chance to revert the trend. However, Nikolai Goldobin netted a hat-trick in game three as the Ilya Vorobyov’s men achieved a 5:2 away win – they will have a tremendous chance to make it a 2-2 series tonight.

In the Western Conference, Spartak couldn’t repeat game one’s success and lost again as SKA scored two unanswered goals in the second period – a late goal by Andrei Loktionov wasn’t enough to rally back as SKA’s Lars Johansson posted 26 saves in a St. Petersburg’s 2:1 win.

19:30: Avangard vs Metallurg

Series stand
Avangard leads the series 2-1.

About the game
Goldobin’s treble allowed Metallurg to cut the gap with Avangard to just one game – tonight we’ll see if Magnitka got the ball rolling and will be able to tie things up after two straight losses in the early series.
Avangard’s defenseman Alexei Bereglazov is on a four-game scoring streak, with 4 (1+3) points over that span.
Metallurg’s forward Brian Leipsic is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (2+1) points.
Metallurg’s defenseman Yegor Yakovlev had an assist in each of his previous four games.
Metallurg’s forward Andrei Chibisov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 3 (1+2) points.

Injury list
Avangard: Alexander Dergachyov.
Metallurg: Mikhail Grigoryev.

Milestone alert
Avangard’s Alexei Bereglazov and Ivan Telegin line up tonight for their 100th playoff game.

19:30: Spartak vs SKA

Series stand
SKA leads the series 2-1.

About the game
SKA won 2:1 for the second straight game and it will now look to stretch its winning streak in Moscow. But the St. Petersburg franchise won’t have it easy in Moscow.

Injury list
Spartak: Alexander Avtsin, Nikolai Chebykin.
SKA: Joonas Kemppainen.

Milestone alert
Spartak’s forward Sergei Shirokov may reach 250 KHL assits (currently at 248).

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