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Game three. CSKA - SKA - 6:2

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In the third match of the third round of the 2021/2022 KHL Gagarin Cup playoffs, a disastrous third period resulted in an avoidable 2:6 loss to CSKA in Moscow for SKA.

The first period was rather cautious from both sides.

With the backing of their fans, CSKA did have brief spells of heavy pressure, as Sergei Plotnikov and Semyon Pankratov forced Lars Johansson into alert saves. Immediately after killing a penalty, the hosts were presented with a glorious chance to take the lead, but Johansson stood his ground to deny the clean-through Alexander Popov.

SKA broke the deadlock with a mere four seconds remaining in the frame.

Alone at the high slot, Nikita Gusev took aim after receiving the puck, and his ensuing one-timer was just too hot for CSKA goaltender Ivan Fedotov to handle.

The second stanza started with CSKA competing with more intensity.

Nevertheless, SKA calmly dealt with CSKA’s pressing before subsequently doubling their money in the 31st minute of play.

Game three. CSKA - SKA - 6:2

After escaping his marker, Alexander Volkov swung to a shooting position with a sharp move, took aim, and sent a rasping wrist shot beyond Fedotov into the left corner.

Predictably, that goal sparked a powerful response from CSKA.

The Muscovites were controversially gifted an opportunity to halve the deficit in the concluding minutes of the period, as a penalty shot was indicated after SKA defenseman Oscar Fantenberg was assumed to have held the puck on the line with his glove.

However, Johansson came to the rescue, expertly stopping Anton Slepyshev’s penalty with his glove.

SKA seemed to be in the perfect position after the first 40 minutes.

But, to our dismay, the third period turned out to be an absolute nightmare.

Incredibly, CSKA scored five goals within a mere 10 minutes to dramatically turn the game on its head.

Maxim Sorkin got the Moscow-based organisation on the board in the 41st minute, catching Johansson cold with a whipped wrist shot from a tight angle on the right flank. When playing 4-on-4, Nikita Nesterov then equalised for CSKA when clean through.

The decisive moment of the match arrived in the 50th minute.

Gusev was handed a double-minor as a result of high sticking against Sergei Plotnikov. Initially, the teams continued playing at equal strength with Konstantin Okulov in the box for CSKA, but Popov and Pavel Karnaukhov took advantage of dreadful defensive mistakes in quick succession to score twice in the space nine seconds.

Crestfallen and simply unable to cope with the incessant CSKA pressure, SKA contrived to concede a fifth marker just 70 seconds later, as Slepyshev hit the jackpot from the doorstep on the powerplay. That goal resulted in Johansson being replaced for Alexander Samonov.

In the concluding minutes of a forgettable third frame, SKA did swap Samonov in favour of the extra skater, but that only resulted in Sorkin scoring into the empty net.

Game four will take place in Moscow on Friday. Puck-drop is scheduled for 19:30 local time.

Match protocol:

CSKA – SKA – 6:2 (0:1, 0:1, 6:0)


0:1 Gusev (Ozhiganov, Vorobyov), 19.56

0:2 Volkov (Galimov), 30.27

1:2 Sorkin (Popov), 41.03

2:2 Nesterov (Okulov, Kamenev), 45.12

3:2 Popov (Pankratov, Dahlbeck), 49.28

4:2 Karnaukhov, 49.37

5:2 Slepyshev (Grigorenko, Nesterov), 50.47 PPG

6:2 Sorkin, 59.00 EN

Goalkeepers: Fedotov - Johansson

Shots: 69 - 46

Shots on target: 32 - 25

Faceoffs: 33 - 28

Blocked shots: 10 - 20

Hits: 22 - 14

Penalty minutes: 8 - 6

Referees: Gashilov, Morozov

Linesmen: Zakharenkov, Sadovnikov

06.04.2022. CSKA Arena, Moscow.

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