In this year’s final of the Gagarin Cup, a new team will be added to the list of winners. Neither Avangard Omsk nor CSKA Moscow won the Cup in the 11-year history of the KHL. However Avangard was once in final, CSKA in two times.
Avangard Omsk beat Barys Astana 3-1 to kick off the East Conference semi-final and remain unbeaten in the play-offs. Ufa wins 1-0 thanks to Goalie Metsola’s shutout and Kemppainen goal at Avtomobilist.
Dynamo Moscow take their first home win in this series with a 3-0 win over Jokerit – Avangard shoots defending champion Ak Bars with a sweep out of the playoffs – Sochi equalizes for the first time in club history a series and Metallurg equalizes in Ufa 2-1 Overtime win at 2-2.