Jaromir Jagr’s game-winner moved Avangard Omsk to within a win of a second stunning upset while Dynamo rolled over rival CSKA to sweep their quarterfinal series in Friday’s KHL playoff action.
Avangard 4 vs. AK Bars 2
It didn’t start well for the home side, as AK Bars took the first lead of the game at 9:15 of the first on what appeared to be a deflection off a high stick, but was allowed to stand after a lengthy review. Victor Alexandrov tied the score a little over six minutes later when he beat a Bars defender to the rebound of his own dump in off the end boards and tucked it past a sliding Freddy Norrena, who was back in net after missing the first two games of the series with a hand injury. Tony Mortensson put AK Bars back in front just 21 seconds into the second period when he circled out from below the goal line and beat Omsk goaltender Alexander Fomichev from the right circle. But once again the Hawks things up when Dmitry Ryabikin carried the puck behind the net and fed it out front for a shot by Alexander Popov, then pushed it home after it squeaked through Norrena’s pads.
Jagr became the hero of the game a mere 29 seconds later when he carried the puck down the right wing boards, cut in on net, put a shot on goal, and then jammed in his own rebound. Neither the goal judge nor referee signalled a goal, but Avangard lobbied for a video review, and it was utlimately determined that the puck had in fact crossed the goal line before being kicked back out by Norenna.
Dmitry Vlasenkov was awarded the final tally of the evening when he was hauled down as he skated in on the emty net with 19 seconds remaining. Sixteenth place Avangard gets their first opportunity to knock off second-seeded Kazan on Saturday when the teams meet for game four in Omsk.
0-1 9:15 Alexander Stepanov (Evgeni Medvedev)
1-1 15:29 Viktor Alexandrov (Alexei Bondarev)
1-2 20:21 Tony Mortensson (Ilya Nikulin)
2-2 33:32 Dmitry Ryabikin (Alexander Popov)
3-2 35:01 Jaromir Jagr
4-2 59:41 Dmitry Vlasenkov (Alexander Popov)
Dynamo 5 vs. CSKA 1
Former Ranger Karel Rachunek scored two goals as Dynamo Moscow became the first club to advance to the semi-final round by knocking off CSKA Moscow with a 5-1 win on Friday. Rachunek, an assistant captain for Dynamo, got his first of the game, and the eventual game winner, on the power play at 1:40 of the second period with a blast from the point. His second came midway through the third when he carried the puck out of the corner and slid it through goaltender Jussi Markkanen’s pads before being sent flying. Dynamo now gets to relax and wait for their semi-final opponent to be determined, after totally outclassing CSKA and outscoring their historic rival by a combined total of 14-2 in three games.
1-0 11:24 Alexei Zhitnik (Petr Cajanek) (SH)
2-0 21:40 Karel Rachunek (Mattias Weinhandl, Denis Denisov) (PP)
2-1 26:59 Denis Tolpeko (Alexander Goroshansky)
3-1 35:46 Ivan Khomutov (Sergei Rozin)
4-1 51:21 Karel Rachunek (Eric Landry)
5-1 57:46 Alexei Kalyuzhny (Danil Markov) (PP)
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