As the HC Sochi, Vityaz Podolsk and Dinamo Riga could win their games today, the decision adjourned to the last two playoff spots on the last KHL game day.
In the West Conference, the final playoff decision shifts to the last matchday on Friday. Vityaz, who finished ninth, seemed to be back on the road to victory after five defeats against Dinamo Minsk. Vitória made it 1-0 after 3 minutes through Makeyev. Michal Repik raised to just 85 seconds later to 2-0 and made for the perfect start. However, Dinamo Minsk did not let himself be shot down and Teemu Pulkkinen scored in the 13th minute of the first goal to 1-2.
The first powerplay of the game brought the two-goal lead for Vityaz in the 27.minute through Mozik’s 3-1. As a result, Vityaz collected several penalties and gave the game out of hand. But Minsk did not use these possibilities.
In the 43rd minute followed the next penalty against Podolsk and this time succeeds Minsk by Lisovets to the club goal for 2-3. Only 95 seconds later, the lead of the home team was lost because Pulkkinen, with his second goal in the game, equalized 3-3.
Shortly thereafter, a Minsk player Khenkel on the penalty bench and Aaltonen brings Vityaz again with 4-3 lead. This hit was enough to win the game. Vityaz make it to the final round with a lead of 9 points, where East Conference winner Avtomobilist will be visiting.
Vityaz Podolsk vs Dinamo Minsk 4-3 (2-1, 1-0, 1-2)
With the 2-0 victory in the home game against Spartak HC Sochi brings two very important points in the playoff fight. Eric O’Dell was stopped by Osipov’s high-striker in the 6th minute. The awarded penalty shot but he turned then but to 1-0 lead (6.). In the second third Spartak was the better team but Schi Goalie Barulin was just unbearable. A powerplay brought the next goal for the leopards. Martin Bakos takes full advantage of the free space and defeated his Slovakian compatriot in Spartak Tor, Julius Hudacek, to 2-0 (45.). Spartak had more chances in the end with 32 shots, but Barulin celebrated his third shut-out this season. Thus, the team from Sochi before the last game on Friday, two points ahead of the 9th Dinamo Riga.
HC Sochi vs Spartak Moscow 2-0 (1-0, 0-0, 1-0)
Dinamo Riga, with a bit of luck in overtime, got their two „mandatory points“ at Severstal, but still off. After the lead by Andris Dzerins in the 5th minute (1-0) only two minutes later they had to accept compensation from Nikolishin (1-1). Severstal has been out of the playoff for quite a while, two goals from Darzins (2-1 – 27.) and Rihards Marenis (3-1 – 29.) in the second period. This distance was Severstal by Kodola just before the second break to 2-3 reduce.
After just under two minutes in the final period Darzins provided with his 18th goal of the season to 4-2 and for the renewed two-goal advantage. This was not enough to win in the end. Severstal still manage to equalize with Lekomtsev (49.) and Yakimov (57.). In overtime, the Swede Linus Videll, with his 24-goal goal, won Dinamo Riga with a 5-4 winning goal after 34 seconds. Thus, Riga may continue to hope for a playoff spot. However, Dinamo will have to score well on Friday at CSKA Moscow.
Severstal vs Dinamo Riga 4-5 OT (1-1, 1-2, 2-1, 0-1)
Amur Khabarovsk vs Barys Astana 2-0 (1-0, 0-0, 1-0)
Kunlun Red Star vs Admiral Vladivostok 6-3 (1-1, 2-1, 3-1)
Sibir Novosibirsk vs Avtomoblilist 3-4 (1-1, 1-1, 1-2)
Salavat Ufa vs AK Bars Kazan 3-2 OT (0-0, 1-1, 1-1, 1-0)
Niznekamansk vs SKA St. Petersburg 0-4 (0-1, 0-2, 0-1)
CSKA Moscow vs Metallurg Magnitogorsk 1-2 (0-1, 1-1, 0-0)
Jokerit Helsinki vs Slovan Bratislava 7-1 (2-0, 2-0, 3-1)