The Gagarin Cup finals started with plenty of emotions, with CSKA playing a tight and disciplined game that perfectly contained Metallurg’s counterattacks. Sergei Fedorov’s men limited the mistakes to the maximum, allowing Magnitka just a powerplay goal netted by veteran Maxim Karpov. Traditionally, Metallurg lost its first game in the Gagarin Cup finals, but the series has just started and the Ilya Vorobyov’s men will have plenty of chances to recover. However, a loss in game two would put the Urals side on a difficult position as the series will travel to Moscow.

17:00: Metallurg vs CSKA

Series stand:
CSKA leads the series 1-0.

About the game
CSKA’s netminder Ivan Fedotov had another strong showing in game one, stopping 27 shots and allowing no chances to Metallurg on even strength. Moreover, veteran Sergei Andronov scored his first goal of this year’s playoffs, opening the score in the first stanza.
In Gagarin Cup’s second games, Metallurg is 3-0, while CSKA is 2-2.
Metallurg’s forward Maxim Karpov is on a three-game scoring streak, with 4 (2+2) points over that span.
Metallurg’s forward Josh Currie had an assist in each of his previous three games.
CSKA’s forward Konstantin Okulov is on a four-game scoring streak, with 4 (1+3) points.

Injury list
Metallurg: Alexei Maklyukov.
CSKA: Nikita Rtishchev.

Milestone alert
CSKA’s forward Mikhail Grigorenko lines up for his 250th KHL game.

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Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Metallurg (Magnitogorsk)
CSKA (Moscow) CSKA (Moscow)
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