Review of 2017/2018. Traktor: Back into top gear
KHL.ru continues its team-by-team review of the tenth season of the KHL Championship with a look back at the improving fortunes of Traktor Chelyabinsk. While most could have foreseen – and indeed, many openly predicted – that SKA, CSKA and Ak Bars would reach their respective Conference finals, Traktor was the unexpected guest at the party. Despite the city of Chelyabinsk's illustrious hockey history, when homegrown coaching hero Anvar Gatiyatulin guided the team all the way to the semi-finals of the 2017-18 knockout stage, it was the first time Traktor had been driven that far for five years, since the days of Valery Belousov.
Ak Bars no-goal: why the ref was right
In the 21st minute of Friday's match in Kazan, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final series between Ak Bars and Traktor Chelyabinsk, the video goal judge reviewed an apparent goal by the home team. As the video shows, the Ak Bars player consciously directs the puck into the net with his left skate, and therefore, the goal was correctly struck out.
Video review of Traktor's leveler
In the 19th minute of Tuesday's match in Ufa, the deciding Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semi-final series between Salavat Yulaev and Traktor, and after the Chelyabinsk team had leveled the score at 1-1, the home team bench requested a video review of the goal, claiming a possible offside. As the video footage (below) clearly shows, no player was in an offside position and the referee was correct to award a goal to the visitors.
Refereeing Department on Loko-SKA and Salavat-Traktor
In response to further requests for clarification, the KHL Refereeing Department has released the video evidence to dispel confusion over two more controversial episodes, one from Tuesday's match in Yaroslavl, Game 4 of the Western Conference semi-final series between Lokomotiv and SKA Saint Petersburg, and the other from Tuesday's match in Chelyabinsk, Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semi-final series between Traktor and Salavat Yulaev Ufa.