- Published: Tuesday, 07 April 2015 22:00
Sometimes, you really can believe the hype. CSKA and SKA promised a pulsating evening of hockey –with the prospect of history in the making – and both teams delivered as SKA made it through a thrilling Western Conference final decider in Moscow.
The series had already pencilled its place in the history books thanks to SKA’s backs-to-the-wall battle from 0-3 to bring us to game seven, something that had never before been achieved in Russian hockey. But there was another big fight-back on the way before Patrick Thoresen got the vital goal to write this game – and this series – firmly into the record books as the St. Petersburg team into the first grand final of its history.
Thoresen’s winner came midway through the third, snapping a 2-2 tie with a deft touch on Anton Belov’s slap shot to leave Kevin Lalande stranded in CSKA’s net. That was enough to secure the win on the night and the series, despite the home team’s best efforts.