Once again I left one night off and do two days together. Last night (in Russia, yesterday morning here) all the goals in both games were scored in the 1st period. There was only one in the Salavat-Neftekhimik game, and it belonged to Salavat Yulaev as they win 1-0 and tie the series at 2 going back to Ufa. Metallurg also managed to tie their series heading back to Kazan with a 2-1 win in Magnitogorsk that featured two scores by Jan Marek. Today, Lokomotiv took a 3-2 lead over Spartak with a 2-1 win. My boy Josef Vasicek got his fourth of the postseason and Alexander Guskov picked up the game winner as Loko unleashed a 45-shot barrage at Spartak goalie Dmitrij Kotschnew.
And sadly, we have to say goodbye to Dinamo Riga. The last two games in Riga sold out 1 hour after being put on sale- 110,000 people logged onto their website trying to buy the 20,000 tickets. But the fan favorites could not overcome HC MVD, who won game five 3-2 on Alexi Ugarov's goal at 3:38 of the second overtime to win the series 4-1. The Balashieka sextet will face the Lokomotiv/Spartak winner.