CHEREPOVETS, Russia, February 25 (R-Sport) - Reigning champion Dynamo Moscow and rivals CSKA Moscow have both reached the verge of the KHL playoff quarterfinals after going 3-0 in their first-round playoff series.
Dynamo continued its progress with a 4-2 road win at Slovan Bratislava, and has won all three games so far in the best-of-seven series.
“We started the game very good, we were active and scored a power play goal,” Slovan’s coach Rostislav Chada said. “The second period became crucial as we conceded two quick goals. In the final period, Dynamo played well in defense and managed to keep its advantage due to their experience.”
Dynamo came back from 2-0 down after Mario Bliznak and Milan Kytnar scored early goals for Slovan, in the playoffs in its first KHL season.
Dynamo then scored four in a second-period blitz as playoff jokers Alexei Sopin, called back from a farm club, and Jakub Petruzalek, transferred from Amur Khabarovsk, played the crucial role as both registered 1+1.
Czech forward Marek Kvapil and Slovak defenseman Dominik Granak scored the other two goals. Petruzalek is playoff top scorer with four goals and two assists.
Elsewhere, CSKA Moscow delivered a third defeat to Lev Prague, winning 3-1 in the capital of the Czech Republic to go 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.
Former Columbus Blue Jackets center Jiri Novotny opened the score for Lev 46 seconds from the start of the second period.
CSKA retaliated in the middle of the second period, with Igor Ozhiganov and Patrick Davis scoring twice in the space of 39 seconds. CSKA youngster Nikolay Prokhorkin finished off Lev in the third period.
Meanwhile, Atlant Moscow Region registered a surprise home win to disrupt regular season champion SKA St.Petersburg.
After two defeats in St. Petersburg, where Atlant failed to net a single goal, the hosts scored three in Mytishchi to snatch a 3-1 victory and leave the series 2-1 in SKA's favor.
SKA took the lead in the first period when Alexander Kucheryavenko hit the upper corner of Stanislav Galimov’s goal, but Atlant stormed back in the second, when Oleg Yashin, Andreas Engqvist and Mikhail Glukhov each scored.
In Cherepovets, local team Severstal defeated Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to take a 2-1 lead in their series.
Severstal pulled out the victory 33 seconds before the final buzzer, when Nikita Alexeev the hit the net from the crease.
Lokomotiv forward Oleg Petrov rued his team's tactics in the 3-2 defeat, saying they had been too defensive.
"The whole game we played well. When we were leading 2-1 we played more from defense and that was a mistake. We shouldn't have given them the chance," he told R-Sport.
In a development Monday, Severstal forward Vadim Shipachev will miss the next game in the season after missing training with an illness.