Kuznetsov takes a selfie at his locker after the game (Photo credit: Kuznetsov’s Instagram)

Evgeny Kuznetsov’s Traktor Chelyabinsk beat Ak Bars Kazan 2-1 in Game 7 of KHL Eastern Conference Finals. With goals by captain Vladimir Antipov and Andrei Kostitsyn (whose move to the Panthers is delayed again), Traktor pulled off an upset, coming back from 1-3 deficit in the series. Kuznetsov didn’t get any points in game seven.

Traktor, who has played in two games seven this postseason, both times trailing by two games in the series (0-2 and 1-3), will face Alex Ovechkin’s home team and the reigning champions, Dynamo Moscow, in the finals. This is the deepest Traktor has gone in the KHL postseason.

Dynamo beat SKA St. Petersburg 4-2 in the west finals for the second time in as many years.

Finals schedule:
Game 1: April 7, 9 AM ET in Moscow
Game 2: April 8, 11:30 AM ET in Moscow
Game 3: April 11, 9 AM ET in Chelyabinsk
Game 4: April 12, 9 AM ET in Chelyabinsk
Game 5: TBD in Moscow
Game 6: TBD in Chelyabinsk
Game 7: TBD in Moscow

Evgeny Kuznetsov is very excited for Vladimir Antipov’s goal (Photo credit: KHL)

  • GMGM said this morning on EITM that he hopes to have Kuznetsov in a Caps uniform by this time next year. Good luck with that. Caps will need him more than ever since they traded away Forsberg yesterday.

  • hotstovebb

    Such a great game. Garnett was outstanding in net. Hate to disappoint Ovie and Nicky, but it’s Traktor’s year. Like the meteor wasn’t a sign.

  • CrackMan

    1) If an NHL team’s hopes rest on an 18 year old from the second-tier Swedish league, that team is FUBAR.
    2) The Caps are not such a team.