Salavat too good for Magnitka in conference final opener

On Thursday evening Salavat Yulaev put the squeeze on Metallurg Magnitogosrk, 4-3, and took the lead in KHL’s Eastern Conference final series.

Metallurg were playing just three days after knocking out regular season champions Avangard in a record-long series, while the Ufa side had had almost a week to prepare for the final series opener.The game turned out a real thriller.

In the first period, the teams exchanged two goals with both Metallurg shots coming in powerplays.

It was a tense and equal affair in the second period before the game’s referee stepped in. He allowed a Salavat Yulaev goal after Russian international Aleksandr Radulov had apparently assisted Patrick Thoresen with his hand.

Magnitogorsk rushed to settle accounts but were immediately punished for that by Miroslav Blatyak – 4-2.

In the final period, the guests quickly fought back with another powerplay goal, but Salavat didn’t let them equalize.

Metallurg will have a chance for revenge on Saturday, when the series’ next game will be held, again in Ufa.

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