A third-period, blueline strike by defenseman Lawrence Pilut gifted Traktor a precious home win to go ahead in the hard-fought series against Salavat Yulaev. Earlier in the game, Alexander Kadeikin scored for Ufa in the first period, but one goal wasn’t enough to secure Ufa the win, despite Salavat Yulaev outshot Traktor 26-17 – and 8-4 in the third period. Pilut scored on a powerplay effort after a penalty whistled to Viktor Tikhonov – the veteran forward will try to avoid penalties in game six, just as the whole team. Drama is to be expected in this key game, the only match on tap today.
Traktor leads the series 3-2.
About the game
Salavat Yulaev needs a win to avoid an early end of the season, while Traktor will seek an opportunity to avoid a dangerous game seven – albeit at home. In game five, Salavat Yulaev had more scoring chances – they need to focus more on their finishing if they want to force the Chelyabinsk side to the series’ seventh game.
Salavat Yulaev’s defenseman Grigory Panin is in the middle of a three-game ban.
Salavat Yulaev’s forward Viktor Tikhonov may reach 50 points in the KHL playoffs (currently at 48).
Traktor’s forward Alexei Potapov may score his 50th career goal (currently at 49).