In the third meeting of the final series of the playoffs the Continental hockey League’s SKA St. Petersburg with great difficulty managed to overcome the resistance of Magnitogorsk “Metallurgist”, scoring the decisive goal shortly before the end of the second overtime. The stopwatch in the 93rd minute was stopped by Evgeny dadonov.
Zenit won 2:1 and with the same score took the lead in the final of the Cup of Gagarin.
Game at the ice Palace in St. Petersburg lasted 92 minutes and 45 seconds which was a new record length for matches of the final series of the KHL. The previous record belonged “to the Metallurgist” and CSKA which in the final game of the 2015/16 season spent on the ice 78 minutes 12 seconds.
In the main time the SKA scored Andrei Zubarev (24:54), “Magnitogorsk” – Denis Kazionov (39:54). For Zubarev, struck the gate with a click from the red line, it was the first goal not only this season, but in General for SKA, where the defender stands for the second season.
After the match, player of CSKA Egor Yakovlev said that the St. Petersburg team managed to win because she made one mistake fewer than metallurg. “Emotionally it was difficult to win. We started well, the second period a little bit failed, concede the puck, but naked in the locker room we are a bit shattered”, – quotes the hockey player , the press service of the League.
Earlier in the first final match was won by SKA (5:4), and the second – “metallurg” (3:1). Next game in the series to four victories will be held April 14 in St. Petersburg.