Fighting against consequences

Alexei Petrov and his overtime goal tied the series at two apiece as it moves to Chelyabinsk.

The only change in the black-and-white lineup was Konstantin Klimontov replacing Nikolai Belov.

Traktor looked better than the opposition throughout the first twenty, despite three straight penalties received by the visitors. Traktor played really well during shorthanded play, even outshooting the hosting team. The pressure was almost palpable, and something had to give in, but it happened sometime later.

Scoring chances-wise, the second period was much more equal. The black-and-white nimbly utilized the advantage of having the bench closer to the attacking zone in the second period, constantly making line changes while attacking. A great scoring opportunity was put together by Alexei Kruchinin and Kirill Koltsov; the former fed the latter with an accurate diagonal pass, but Henrik Karlsson robbed Traktor defenseman with a pad save. Nonetheless, the attacking pressure that kept on mounting resulted in the hard-fought opening goal of this game. Max Yakutsenya was able to keep the puck while being surrounded by two players, passed it to Paul Szczechura who beat Karlsson to pull Traktor ahead.

As one would expect, Barys spurted forward right after the starting faceoff. Hosts organized heavy-duty forechecking and tried to take as many shots on goal as possible. Pavel Francouz looked great in between the pipes, justifying coaching staffs confidence in him despite the inauspicious game one. Closer to the end of the game, a pivotal moment happened; first, Kirill Koltsov received a minor penalty, and then he somehow got the penalty shot for throwing a broken stick with his hands, which is illegal. Nigel Dawes tried to tie the game up but Francouz did everything to allow the black-and-white to retain the lead. Koltsov still hit the sin bin but spent there a grand total of seven seconds, because the above mentioned Dawes beat Francouz by sending the rubber between the goalies pads and into the net. Riding a huge wave of momentum, Barys constructed a three-on-two attack and were damn near close to grabbing the lead, but a big save by Traktor goalie did not let this happen. A carbon copy of this opportunity happened at the other end of the ice just seconds before the horn, but Karlsson made a superb pad stop to rob Yakutsenya of the game winner and ensure the first overtime in this series.

At the top of the fourth period, Konstantin Klimontov left his team shorthanded. Barys
, however, could not make lemonade out of lemons. Shortly after killing off the penalty, Traktor started putting together some attacking efforts, and the game-winning goal came relatively out of nowhere Alexei Petrov received a Roy pass and took an accurate shot that tied the series at two games apiece. The opponents return to Chelyabinsk to face each other in game 5.

Game details

BARYS vs. TRAKTOR 1:2 OT (0:0, 0:1, 1:0, 0:1)
Szczechura (Yakutsenya, Kruchinin), 33 (0:1); Dawes (Dallman), 54 (1:1 PP goal); Alexei Petrov (Roy, Tridchikov), 66 (1:2).

Semenov Dallman (A), Dawes (C) Boyd Pushkaryov;
Barker Shalapov, Starchenko (A) St. Pierre Shinnimin;
Lipin Savchenko, Markelov Trivino Panyukov;
Gurkov Tryasunov, Ivanov Kuchin Khudyakov.

Koltsov Denisov (A), Kruchinin Szczechura Yakutsenya;
Shinin (C) Borodkin, Sharov Pestunov (A) Penkovsky;
Alexei Petrov Zhuldikov, Tridchikov Novotny Roy;
Klimontov Mamayev, Chernikov Yuri Petrov Kravtsov.

Shots on goal: 
33 (4+12+14+3) 24 (9+10+2+3).
Faceoffs won: 41 (8+18+12+3) 39 (14+8+15+2).
Shots blocked: 11 (3+3+3+2) 16 (6+5+4+1).
16 (4+5+7+0)  13 (5+3+5+0).
PIM8 (2+2+4+0)  14 (6+0+6+2).
TOIDallman (25:43), Dawes (22:54), Boyd (21:37)  Borodkin (26:12), Yakutsenya (23:13), Denisov (23:09).

Sergei Gusev, Yuri Tsyplakov.
Linesmen: Dmitri Shishlo, Nikita Vilyugin.

February 28, 2017. Barys Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan. Attendance 9717.

Series tied 2-2
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