To mark the end of the final week’s play of the regular season, the Kontinental Hockey League has named the best players of the week in four categories.
For the first time in 17 years, Dynamo Moscow misses out on a playoff place following a 4-3 loss to city rival Spartak. The Red-and-Whites proceed to face CSKA in post season, while Severstal claims eighth place after a shoot-out defeat at SKA.
Ak Bars secured top spot in the Eastern Conference thanks to a victory at home to Torpedo, while its closest rival, Neftekhimik, stumbled against Lada. Wins for Amur and Sibir put them one step away from freezing Avangard out of the playoffs, while Severstal’s win at CSKA put pressure on Spartak and Dynamo Moscow in the West. SKA’s rested its Olympic stars in Helsinki, and went down to defeat at Jokerit.