CSKA beat Metallurg on the road and closed the gap in the final KHL playoff series
Metallurg failed to complete the series against CSKA in the KHL playoff final in five games and win the third Gagarin Cup in history on home soil.
Metallurg hockey players (Photo: Global Look Press)
Metallurg Magnitogorsk lost at home to CSKA in the fifth game of the Continental Hockey League (KHL) playoff final series.
The match, held on Tuesday in Magnitogorsk, ended in extra time with a score of 3:2 (0:0, 1:0, 1:2, 1:0) in favor of the guests.
Metallurg beat CSKA and was one step away from winning the Gagarin Cup
CSKA was scored by Konstantin Okulov (36th minute), Maxim Sorkin (54) and Claes Dahlbeck (74), Maxim Karpov (41) and Egor Korobkin (48) scored against Magnitogorsk.
Okulov’s puck broke the record for the “dry” streak held by Magnitogorsk goalkeeper Vasily Koshechkin in the Gagarin Cup final, who kept his goal intact for more than two and a half games in a row: 156 minutes and 34 seconds.
Goaltender Koshechkin set a record “dry” streak in the KHL playoff finals
The score of the series was 3-2 in favor of Metallurg, who, after a loss at home in the first leg, had previously won three straight games of the clash. The sixth match of the series will take place in Moscow on April 28.
Metallurg has won the KHL championship twice, the team won the Gagarin Cup in 2014 and 2016. Before the formation of the KHL, Magnitogorsk became the champion of Russia three more times (1999, 2001, 2007).
CSKA has reached the Gagarin Cup final for the fifth time, but has won the trophy only once so far: in 2019.
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