Spengler Cup Semi-Final One

Spengler Cup 2013

HC Davos v CSKA Moscow 4-5 SO

Every game contested by CSKA had been decided by a single goal in the Spengler Cup thus far and this encounter with hosts Davos would be no different.
Their propensity for defensive errors almost came back to bite them in this game and led to Davos opening the scoring.

Some terrible communication led to a turnover while the Russians were on a line change, leading to a 2 and 0 Davos break. Keeping it simple, Ambuhl would drop the puck back to his partner Corvi to give Proskuryakov in net no chance.
With Radulov back in the line-up, CSKA are an offensive force to be feared and his pass from behind the net was fired home from the slot by Filppula through traffic.

Davos were unable to make consecutive power plays count, including a two man advantage but they would retake the lead before the period end.
Good work to keep the puck alive in the CSKA zone led to a goal made in Sweden. A shot from Back, led to a rebound which Persson shovelled across to Danielsson to tap home.

A delayed penalty from the end of the first period would come back to haunt Davos just 19 seconds into the second frame.
Radulov was somehow allowed to walk in alone and his quick release beat Genoni all ends up to tie the game at two.
This time it was CSKA who would fail to capitalise on a two man advantage but they would take the lead for the first time in the game shortly after.
Nepryayev tried a spin around backhand attempt which was stopped by Genoni’s pad. Radulov was the first to notice the puck was loose on the goal line and reacted to jam it home before anyone else moved.
The lead would last less than three minutes as CSKA’s defence frailties came to the fore.
Another giveaway from the Russians and they then conspired to give Koistinen so much time and space to pick his spot and yet again we were tied.

CSKA play like a bear. They don’t react unless you poke or provoke them and that tying goal from Davos seemed to do the trick. Less than two minutes remaining in the second frame and the Russians would take a 4-3 advantage into the third.
A pass thrown across the crease by Egorshev was expertly tipped top shelf by Zharkov, a real master class on how you tip the puck to best effect.

With a place in the final at stake, Davos threw everything at their opponents with the home crowd roaring them on and Proskuryakov was definitely the busier of the two goalies.
You don’t always get what you deserve in hockey but with 2:35 left on the clock Davos would tie the game.
Not long after Schneeberger sent a bouncing puck wide on a open net, Davos earned themselves a power play. A shot from Kutlak and the faintest tip in front Sejna was enough to beat Proskuryakov and send the home fans wild.

It was off to overtime and like the third period it was the hosts who dominated the period. No real gilt opportunities to win the game but they looked the mostly likely with CSKA holding on for the shootout it seemed, and that’s what we ended up with.

A horrible way to decide who would play in the final on New Years Eve, let alone any game, it was Davos to shoot first and they would miss.
Radulov inevitable stepped up first and scored.
After a pair of misses it was down to Von Arx to score to keep Davos alive and he duly obliged with a nice move and forehand finished.
There would be no return to the final for the hosts as Frolov scored with the next attempt to send CSKA into a showdown with either Genève Servette or Team Canada.

 

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