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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Metallurg one win away from RSL title

Metallurg forward Alexei Tertyshny skates in on Ak Bars goalie
Mika Noronen (Sport Express photo)

Metallurg Magnitogorsk has moved to within one win of claiming the '07 Russian Super League title, defeating defending champs Ak Bars Kazan earlier today, 4-1, to go up 2 games to one in their best-of-five series (game recap, summary and box score).

Evgeni Varlamov started off the scoring for Magnitogorsk, with a goal at the 10-minute mark of the first period. The score remained at 1-0 until late in the second period, when Metallurg broke through for two more goals, by Varlamov again at 15:16 of the second and by Nikolai Kulemin at 18:40. Jan Marek, who assisted on Kulemin's goal, then scored 16 seconds into the third period to put the game safely out of reach, 4-0.

Former Islanders/Devils defenseman Ray Giroux scored the lone Ak Bars goal. For their role in a fight in the previous game, Metallurg goalie Travis Scott and Ak Bars goalie Mika Noronen were given "symbolic" fines of 5000 rubles (less than $200).

Game Four of the series is scheduled to be played at Magnitogorsk tomorrow (4/11), with a Game Five to be played at Ak Bars on April 13th, if necessary.