- After being down 2-1 in the series, with a big-time performance Metallurg Magnitogorsk won the series with Dynamo Moscow with an impressive 5-0 victory, being able thus to win both decisive games they had to played so far. Still being without Czech forward Kudrna and young defender Rinat Ibragimov
, the home team managed to beat Dynamo, who took part in this game without Vitaly Yachmenev (dislocated shoulder), Zabolotnev and others, plus having Fedor Fedorov (New York Rangers)
and Troschinsky suffering injuries in the last two matches. Both teams as expected started goalkeepers Travis Scott and Vitaly Eremeev. Metallurg’s Canadian goalkeeper has now delivered 130 consecutive shut-out minutes.
The key of the game is the way Metallurg played in the first 15 minutes. First they pressured Dynamo in their own third with the third line and as a result they scored to get ahead with a scramble touch by Babenko. Then, at the fourteenth, after a good save by Scott on Fedor Fedorov (New York Rangers)
, the home team doubled the score as veteran Igor Korolev converted in with a soft backhander a rebound that came from a shot by Denis Platonov (Nashville Predators)
. Twenty seconds later a dart by Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs)
in the offensive zone brings Metallurg to the 3-0 lead. With a three goal advantage after the first twenty minutes the game was almost secured, but unfortunately a rough intervention by Giordano knocked out Vitaly Atyushov, and it’s still not clear the entity of his injury. The Canadian will be punished with a game misconduct.
After a rather quite second period, Metallurg stretches the advantage in the third period. After three minutes Bulin skates into the offensive zone and with a beautiful blue-line slapshot beats Eremeev in the top-right corner. Midway through the period young Anton Glovatsky
skated past a defender helped by a great pick by Yuri Babenko
, then with a really accurate wristshot has put the puck in Eremeev’s stick side for the 5-0 mark.
In the semifinals Metallurg Magnitogorsk will face Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, while regular season winners of Salavat Yulajev Ufa will challenge Ak Bars Kazan.