Avangard Knocks off Defending Champs (UPDATED)
Thursday March 05th 2009, 11:11 am

In a stunning upset Avangard Omsk has knocked last year’s champions and this year’s favorites Salavat Yulaev Ufa out of the playoffs with a 4-1 victory in game four of their first round series.  In doing so, they took their place in the record books by becoming the first ever 16th seed in Russian hockey history to beat a top seeded team.

The Hawks got off to early start, taking the lead 1:42 into the first period on a rebound goal by Viktor Alexandrov. But Salavat evened the score less than four minutes later when Alexander Radulov fed Andrei Taratukhin for a point blank shot from the slot. 

Dmitry Vlasenkov gave Avangard a lead they’d never relinquish with a pair of goals 38 seconds apart at the tail end of the first period.  The first was a breakaway forehand deke through the five hole at 17:22. He followed that up with a one-timer from the slot off a pass from behind the net by Anton Kuryanov.

Jagr added the insurance goal off a faceoff win by Dmitry Pestunov at 2:21 of the third period and goaltender Alexander Fomichev shut the door the rest of the way to send the Hawks on to a quarterfinal meeting with second place AK Bars Kazan and the KHL’s third leading scorer, Alexei Morozov.

Scoring:
1-0 1:42 Viktor Alexandrov (Igor Volkov)
1-1 5:24 Andrei Taratukhin (Alexander Radulov, Igor Radulov)
2-1 17:22 Dmitry Vlasenkov (Alexander Popov)
3-1 18:00 Dmitry Vlasenkov (Anton Kuryanov, Alexander Popov)
4-1 42:21 Jaromir Jagr (Dmitry Pestunov)

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    Jagr rules. Good for them, they’ve had a tough year.

    Comment by kc 03.05.09 @ 11:42 am

    kc – no he doesn’t (at least not this season for Omsk). Jagra mailed in this season right around the time when AC passed away…

    Comment by Kovazub94 03.05.09 @ 5:54 pm

    Unthinkable, unlikely?!
    Looks like the more negative you get, the more positive results they give.
    HO HO HO GO JAGR GO HO HO HO GO HAWKS GO & GO & GO & GO ON TO THE NEXT GREAT ADVENTURE

    Comment by Why...Oh why...Why,why 03.05.09 @ 7:31 pm

    The playoffs are where it counts. They just beat the top team. Good for them.

    Comment by kc 03.05.09 @ 8:46 pm

    I think “mailed in the season” might be a little harsh. He still managed to put up 53 points in 55 games on a team that was ravaged by scandal, roster upheaval, multiple coaching changes and the ultimate emotional trauma. And he lead the team in scoring (by a 12 point margin) and finished 7th in league in scoring. Maybe not the dominant performance people were hoping for, but hardly illustrative of a guy who gave up on the season.

    And why, if my negativity keeps them winning, I’ll gladly tell you they don’t stand a chance against AK Bars… ;)

    Comment by laurie 03.05.09 @ 11:39 pm

    The Hawks will peck the Panthers into little shreds. *~<:})=
    HO HO HO GO JAGR GO HO HO HO GO HAWKS GO

    Comment by Why...Oh why...Why,why 03.06.09 @ 10:45 pm

    According to the Hawks website, Jagr’s stats are
    27 goals 29 assists 56 pts 59 games played.

    Comment by Why...Oh why...Why,why 03.06.09 @ 11:33 pm

    Why – The Avangard site includes playoff stats in their totals.

    Comment by laurie 03.06.09 @ 11:54 pm

    Okay, maybe the Hawks wont shred the Panthers, but they’ll pull out all their whiskers.^._.^
    Why aren’t the play-offs points included, Jagr is still scoring among others. Why stop, it isn’t over ’til it’s over?!?

    Comment by Why...Oh why...Why,why 03.07.09 @ 9:05 pm



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