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Salavat Yulaev defeats Metallurg Magnitogorsk 4-3 in Game 1 of KHL’s Eastern Conference final

Fresh off dispatching two-time defending Gagarin Cup champions Ak Bars Kazan, Salavat Yulaev defeated Metallurg Magnitogorsk 4-3 in the first game of their Kontinental League Eastern Conference final series.

Igor Grigorenko, who scored in the first minute of action, and Norwegian Patrick Thoresen lead Salavat Yulaev with a goal and an assist each, while Sweden’s Eric Ersberg recorded 33 saves in goal for the win.

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Metallurg, which scored all of its goals on the power play, was lead by star forward Sergei Fedorov, who netted a goal and added an assist.

The KHL’s Gagarin Cup playoff continues with Lokomotiv and Altant Mytishchi facing off in the second game of the Western Conference final in Yaroslavl. Game 2 of the Salavat Yulaev-Metallurg Magnitogorsk series will be Saturday in Ufa.