KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-8-17

KHL Gagarin Cup Final
Magnitogorsk 4 vs. St. Petersburg 5
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 6-10-16, +3, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a pair of helpers, one of which game on the power play, as SKA edged Magnitogorsk 5-4 in Game One of the Gagarin Cup Final. Gusev played 16:49 in the victory, which came on Magnitka's home rink. The wild game included a pair of brilliant goals by ex-NHL'er Evgeny Dadonov for SKA on the rush, a pair of ejections (one for each team) that included ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk being sent off for a hit to the head, and a power play goal by Swedish national and SKA defender Patrik Hersley that came on a point blank slapper that actually went through the Magnitogorsk net. Ex-Lightning pick Vasily Koshechkin took the loss for Magnitogorsk after allowing 5 goals on 34 shots. Fellow ex-Lightning pick Dmitry Kazionov was scoreless in 7:07 in the loss for Magnitogorsk, as well.