And other underdogs: Vityaz, Neftekhimik and Dynamo Minsk lost at home and are losing the series 1-2.
In Vladivostok, the opponents have never visited the penalty area. In 74 and a half minutes!
At the end of the second period, the Ufa team scored two goals one after another, young Artem Pimenov and veteran Nikolai Kulemin scored. Finished the intrigue?
“No!” – resolutely answered the “sailors” and their coach Leonid Tambiev.
Photo source: HC “Admiral”
The hosts were helped by a quick drive from defender Dinara Khamidullin. And in the end, another defender, Evgeny Lisovets, turned out to be the fastest in the patch.
In the 15th minute of extra time, another defender, Yuri Pautov, managed to send the puck under the crossbar from a zero angle. Of course, he can make claims against goalkeeper Ilya Yezhov. However, it would be more correct to express respect to the “sailor” who scores at large parties. And then who was ahead of the attackers. The winning goal put the ears of the Fetisov Arena, which gathered 5555 (magic of numbers!) Spectators.
“Admiral” took the lead 2-1. For some such a series course will seem sensational. But some experts and current players don’t think so. Much more sensational was the victory of Neftekhimik in Kazan (3:2 OT).
And today the ‘wolves’ came out without a shadow of shyness and reverence in front of the main favorite of the championship. The hosts were not embarrassed by the blurring of goalkeeper Vladimir Tikhomirov, who was let down by a cheat in the middle of the first half, and Kirill Petrov opened the scoring.
Passions ran high. Vadim Shipachyov was stabbed in the head on transparent ice, so that with a reticle he scratched the bridge of his nose. In vain he called Crosby of Vologda from the crowd to the judges, showing his blood-spattered nose. People in striped shirts did not see the crime.
In the second half, the hosts’ attacking leader Pavel Poryadin converted the majority with a juicy single shot from starboard. But Alexander Radulov and Ilya Safonov rolled together against a defender, the veteran gave way, the youngster scored.
Photo Source: HC Ak Bars
The intrigue died halfway through in the third 20 minutes after Nikita Dynyak’s goal. He pressed “Wolves”, checked “leopards”. Happens.
In Balashikha, the author of these lines was more interested in the question of attendance. Will the record break be maintained at the CSKA Arena, which gathered 3,800 spectators for the first match between CSKA and Severstal? The fans of Vityaz and Lokomotiv did not let us down. In the local arena, named after the captain of the last champion “Spartak” Yuri Lyapkin, a solid audience was gathered – 5565 spectators. Without a small full house!
The railroad workers did little to enable the owners. Defender Rushan Rafikov opened the scoring, taking advantage of an unexpected and completely unmotivated absence from the gates of promoted Maxim Dorozhko. Soon the young Daniil Tesanov reminded experienced fans of how the legendary Alexander Yakushev scored. If he lets the Yak-15 roll and get the puck at high speed, take him out.
Photo source: HC Lokomotiv
And in Minsk, an attendance record was set in the 2023 playoffs, which will not be broken. Unless the Petersburgers decide to hold some cup match at the football stadium. This is, of course, a joke. 15,086 spectators gathered at the Minsk Arena. It is unlikely that on Tuesday we will rejoice with a full house.
Suffering loss of personnel due to disqualifications and injuries, the Zubrs tried hard but didn’t even score a bad goal. Although they created many touching moments.
Photo source: HC SKA
Perhaps the hosts were unsettled by the disallowed goal in the 26th minute. Initially, the judges scored a goal. “Secret Room” legalized it, confirming that the puck crossed the goal line. But after a request for training from the guests, the referees during the “film program” revealed an obstacle for the goalkeeper Dmitry Nikolaev. No goal!
Senior in rank, as if by agreement, he put four goals into the field of his opponents. The helpless did not follow the example of the authorities’ threat to the Admiral.
Admiral – Salavat Yulaev – 3:2 OT (score in the series 2-1), Vityaz – Lokomotiv – 0:4 (1-2), Neftekhimik – Ak Bars – 1: 4 (1-2), Dynamo Mn – SKA – 0:4 (1-2).