HC Salavat Yulaev lost in playoff series to Ak Bars and finished season
Play each match like it was the last chance of life. Salavat Yulaev was supposed to face the fourth match of the semifinal East series of the Gagarin Cup Under this motto. The sixth field player with a green heart drove the Bashkir team forward. Despite losing the series 3-0, Ufa-Arena was 100 percent full.
In the first period, the rivals did not score goals, but they shattered each other's nerves pretty much. The second period was completely won by Ak Bars. Two goals in a minute threw the home team off balance. Kirill Petrov and Dmitry Voronkov scored the goals.
Guests from Tatarstan made a serious claim to win the match and series at the start of the third period. Stanislav Galiev made the score 3: 0 and sent Juha Metsola to the bench. Salavat Yulaev was inferior to the opponent from Kazan in the game and also psychologically.
In the last five minutes, the hosts' gates were empty. The plan was effective. Jeff Platt scored the goal. The Ufa players did something incredible. It was a comeback in front of thousands of people. Again, six against five, and the second puck hit the Reideborn's net - 3: 2. However, there was not enough time to save the game and the series.
For the first time in history, the Ufa hockey club dropped out of the Gagarin Cup, having lost scoreless in the series. Ak Bars won the seventh "green derby" in the playoffs. The Kazan club has reached the Eastern Conference final in eight matches.
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