Ak Bars on verge of knockout in Gagarin Cup
The only team to ever lift the Gagarin Cup has gone down in Ufa, 2-1. It could all be over for them on Tuesday if Salavat Yulaev can win again on the home ice.
Russia`s international Oleg Saprykin scored an overtime winner for Vyacheslav Bykov`s team to put defending KHL champions Ak Bars on the verge of exiting in this year`s tournament.
The Kazan side is now trailing 3-0 in their best-of-seven series with their old rivals.
Meanwhile, regular season top dogs Avangard were involved in a tough tussle with Metallurg before letting rip in the final third, hitting four goals without reply to secure their first win in that series.
The final score was 6-3 in Magnitogorsk, which means Jaromir Jagr and Co. are now 2-1 down in the series.