There’s nothing better than a game-seven battle to determine the second Gagarin Cup finalist – Metallurg defeated Traktor 4-1 in the East. It will be this year’s third seventh game, after Dynamo Moscow defeated Severstal in the first round, and Metallurg surpassed Avangard in the Conference semifinals.

In game six, CSKA had its back against the wall, but they controlled most of the game and deservedly won with a double by Mikhail Grigorenko and Vitaly Abramov tallying the game winner in the closing frame. Both Sergei Fedorov and Roman Rotenberg will be at their first game seven as head coaches – it will be an exciting game to follow for any hockey fan. CSKA looks more organized, while SKA has more breakout players – who will prevail? We’ll find out tonight!

19:00: SKA vs CSKA

Series stand:
The series is tied 3-3.

About the game
CSKA’s Ivan Fedotov had 25 saves in game six – including two key ones on Nikita Gusev. SKA’s Valentin Zykov opened his goal-scoring account in this year’s playoffs, but his tally wasn’t enough for the St. Petersburg side.

Injury list
SKA: Joonas Kemppainen.
CSKA: Nikita Rtishchev.

Milestone alert.
SKA’s forward Nikita Gusev may reach 50 assists in the KHL playoffs and may surpass Ilya Kovalchuk as SKA’s all-time KHL scorer (369 points against 370).
CSKA’s Alexander Popov may surpass Sergei Mozyakin in third place for KHL all-time playoff games played (currently tied at 157).

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