The KHL has already seen a game-seven this year, when Dynamo Moscow defeated Severstal Cherepovets 2:1 in the Western Conference quarterfinals. However, the drama and the stakes will be higher when Magnitka faces the Hawks at the Conference semifinals stage. Avangard was cornered in game six, but a double by the young sensation Arseny Gritsyuk and yet another strong performance by Simon Hrubec between the piping helped the Bob Hartley’s men achieving a paramount-importance victory to keep hopes alive and return the series to the Urals. And tonight, we’ll finally find out who will face Traktor in the Eastern Conference finals.
The series is tied 3-3.
About the game
Game seven promises to be hot – the clash between Metallurg and Avangard has been entertaining and emotions will be through the roof since the inaugural faceoff. Just as in all game sevens, anything can happen, but Metallurg has the edge over the Hawks, going 4-2 in decisive showdowns, against Avangard’s 4-4.
Metallurg’s defenseman Yegor Yakovlev had an assist in each of his previous seven games.
Avangard: Alexander Dergachyov.
Metallurg: Mikhail Grigoryev.
Avangard’s defenseman Semyon Chistyakov lines up for his 100th KHL game.