Ak Bars extends Russian final
Metallurg forward Evgeny Gladskikh #33 (Sport Express photo)
Ak Bars Kazan forced a deciding Game Five in the Russian Super League finals by defeating Metallurg Magnitogorsk earlier today, 4-3 (game recap, summary and box score).
Metallurg, looking to close out the finals on home ice, struck first, on a goal by Denis Platonov 6:42 into the first period. But Ak Bars responded with a goal by Andrei Pervyshin less than three minutes later, and went on to run off three more unanswered scores (two back-to-back by Danis Zaripov, who had a hat trick in Game Two and now has over 40 goals for the year, followed by a second goal from Pervyshin) in taking a 4-1 lead through the early minutes of the third period.
Metallurg closed the gap to 4-3 with two goals midway through the third, by Nikolai Kulemin (his 37th of the year and 10th of the playoffs) and again by Platonov.
The Metallurg arena lost power for two minutes during the first intermission.