MOSCOW, April 6 (R-Sport) - Czech team Lev Prague is one game away from becoming the first Russian team to reach the KHL’S Gagarin Cup finals after beating Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 3-0 on Sunday for a 3-0 series lead.
Two goals for Martin Thornberg put Lev in front in Yaroslavl before Nathan Oystrick scored the third early in the third period, leaving Lev able to reach the KHL finals with a win over Lokomotiv on Tuesday in game four of the Western Conference finals.
Lev goaltender Petri Vehanen stopped 25 Lokomotiv shots to claim his second shutout of the series and third of the playoffs so far.
Barring a remarkable comeback, Lokomotiv faces the end of a fairytale playoff run, having already knocked out regular season champion Dynamo Moscow and second-seeded Western team SKA St. Petersburg despite being seeded eighth.
In the Eastern Conference finals, Metallurg Magnitogorsk leads Salavat Yulaev Ufa 2-0 ahead of game three in Ufa on Monday.