The Gagarin Cup finals had an unexpected twist on Friday, when Metallurg shut out CSKA and celebrated a 4:0 triumph in Moscow. Goalie Vasily Koshechkin recorded his second shutout of this year’s playoffs, while Brendan Leipsic had a double and a helper in Magnitka’s huge away win. Despite outshooting its opponent, CSKA posed no threat to Koshechkin, and will need to catch up in game four, scheduled for Monday. Swedish goalie Adam Reideborn had his first appearance in the postseason as he replaced starting netminder Ivan Fedotov in the closing frame.

Other than Brendan Leipsic, also captain Yegor Yakovlev and forward Arkhip Nekolenko had a multipoint performance for Magnitka.

16:30: CSKA vs Metallurg

Series stand:
Metallurg is leading the series 2-1.

About the game
CSKA is 1-3 in Gagarin Cup finals’ fourth matches, while Metallurg has accumulated a 2-1 record. However, the Muscovites will want to revenge for game three’s loss and push the gas to tie the series up.
Metallurg’s forward Brendan Leipsic is on a three-game scoring streak, with 6 (3+3) points over that span.
His teammate, goalie Vasily Koshechkin, is on a 60:45 shutout streak.

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

Milestone alert
CSKA’s forward Sergei Andronov lines up for his 650th KHL game.
His teammate, forward Anton Slepyshev, plays his 100th KHL playoffs game tonight.

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