It has been a dramatic series so far, and it’s not over yet. In game four, Traktor took Ufa by the storm and went away with a 7:1 victory that tied things up. A battle is to be expected as the two Eastern side collide for the fifth game in Chelyabinsk. Traktor’s Tomas Hyka is in a phenomenal shape, with seven points in his latest three games, but Salavat Yulaev will do whatever it takes to achieve a precious away victory.
The series is tied 2-2.
About the game
Traktor tied things up on Wednesday, with a 7:1 thump of Salavat Yulaev in Ufa. The Traktor’s offense cut loose in game four, and the series will now return to Chelyabinsk with the home side on a morale boost after a huge victory. Game five will be key in the Eastern semifinals.
Traktor’s forward Tomas Hyka is on a three-game scoring streak, with 7 (3+4) points over that span.
Salavat Yulaev’s defenseman Grigory Panin serves the first of a three-game ban.
Salavat Yulaev’s forward Viktor Tikhonov may reach 50 points in the KHL playoffs (currently at 48).