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Salavat Yulaev takes Game 1 of KHL Gagarin Cup final, defeats Atlant Mytishchi 2-1 in OT

Salavat Yulaev defeated Atlant Mytishchi 2-1 in overtime Friday in Game 1 of the Kontinental League Gagarin Cup final in Ufa.

Salavat Yulaev took the early lead when defenseman Vitaly Proshkin gathered a rebound off of Atlant goalkeeper Konstantin Barulin and flicked a wrist shot past him in the first minute of action.

Salavat Yulaev netminder Erik Ersberg maintained the 1-0 lead until the 44th minute when Atlant striker Sergei Mozyakin scored the equalizer.

In just the second minute of overtime, blueliner Andrei Kuteikin netted the game-winner to give Salavat Yulaev the 1-0 series lead.

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“We were ready for this game,” said Kuteiken after the game. “We’ve seen all their previous games with Yaroslavl and understand that Mytishchi relies on defense. In addition, they have a good goalkeeper, so we knew not to expect a lot of scoring (chances).”

The second game of the series will be on Sunday in Ufa.  It will be broadcast in the United States live at 7:00 a.m. EST on ESPN3.com.