On October 6, SKA was scheduled to play at Lev's O2 arena for the first time. The Czech team had unexpectedly seized the leadership in the Western conference, and SKA, in case of a victory, had an opportunity to catch up to their rivals. What made this game special was the presence of giant Zdeno Chara, who made his debut for HC Lev.
SKA started the game the way they usually do when playing away, which is counterattacking. And one of their first odd-man rushes resulted in a goal. Anton Burdasov took advantage of the home team's mistake, entered the zone and opened the score. In the middle of the first period, Viktor Tikhonov doubled the Army team's lead. The forward received a pass from Ilya Kovalchuk, entered the zone and, with a wrist shot, scored SKA's 16th power play goal of the season.
After the intermission, the Saint Petersburg team's play got more aggressive and physical, but still Lev managed to tie the game. At first, Hossa appeared from behind the net and beat Bobrovsky, then a double rebound from Maxim Chudinov sent the puck in our goalie's net again. And still SKA finished the second period leading the score. Ivan Nepryayev sent the puck to the crease from behind the net, and Fedor Fedorov turned this pass into a goal.
The third period went by in an even struggle by both teams, each one creating good scoring chances, but Lev managed tie it up again. It almost seemed that overtime was inevitable, when Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 5th goal of the season with 2 minutes to play in regulation. Lev desperately tried to even the score, but the Army players have successfully defended their net and celebrated a well deserved win – 4:3.
Lev – SKA – 3:4 (0:2, 2:1, 1:1)
0:1 Burdasov, 02.49
0:2 Tikhonov (Dallman, Kovalchuk), 09.37
1:2 Hossa (Repik), 26.43
2:2 Nemec (Voracek), 27.57
2:3 Fedorov (Nepryayev, Burdasov), 31.22
3:3 Klepis (Vrana, Krecik), 52.43
3:4 Tarasenko, 57.35
Goaltenders: Pepperle – Bobrovsky
Shots on goal: 27 – 28
Faceoffs: 34 – 30
Penalty in minutes: 8 – 4
Referee: Belov, Kiselev.
06.10.2012. Prague, О2 Arena, 12787 spectators.