Torpedo Downs Dinamo in Playoffs, 6-2

Hard-working Torpedo Yaroslavl ground out an impressive 6-2 win in Moscow over a Dinamo team plagued by a suspect defense in the first game of their best-of-three quarterfinal playoff series.


Alexander Nizhivy and Alexei Traseukh had two goals each Saturday for visiting Torpedo, which also got strong play from wingers Anatoly Koveshnikov and Andrei Skabelka. The home side had goals from Oleg Orekhovsky and Alexei Kalyuzhny.


Dinamo Moscow opened the scoring 3:37 into the game with Orekhovsky picking up a loose puck and beating Yaroslavl goaltender Yegor Podomatsky with a shot from the slot.


But Dinamo went to sleep less than three minutes after the goal.


At 6:20, Nizhivy finished a nice three-way passing play as Dinamo's slack defense was unable to clear the puck from its own end.


Two minutes later Torpedo scored twice within a minute. Roman Lyashenko got the first with Nizhivy netting his second following a face-off at the Dinamo end.


Yaroslavl extended its lead to 4-1 at 10:51 when Alexander Ardashyov picked up a poor clearing attempt off the boards and beat goalie Yevgeny Nabokov through the legs.


Four goals in just over four minutes -- but still Dinamo failed to wake up from its stupor. Coach Yury Ochnev made no line changes and his team continued to play the same physical, chippy style -- making little impression on the visitors.


Dinamo cut the lead to two goals with four minutes left in the second period, but an interference penalty against Vyacheslav Zavalnyuk shortly afterward killed the momentum.


The frustration of the host team was evident toward the end as a number of players attempted to "leave their mark" on their Torpedo counterparts.


Whichever team gets through, Salavat Yulayev looks likely to be its opponent, after the Ufa team overpowered first-round surprise package Kristall in the first game of its series in Saratov.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)