Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dynamo Moscow - 2012 KHL Gagarin Cup Champions

Dynamo Moscow won a close fought seventh game of the KHL's 2012 Gagarin Cup Finals on the road in Siberia today, completing a comeback from falling behind 3 games to 1 to Avangard Omsk.

Dynamo Moscow - 2012 KHL Gagarin Cup Champions, Dynamo Moscow - 2012 KHL Gagarin Cup Champions

Neither team scored during the first two periods, setting up a tense winner-take-all final 20 minutes. Dynamo looked to have the chance they were waiting for with a 5-on-3 advantage which lasted over a minute early in the period, but Karri Ramo in the Avangard goal held Dynamo at bay as the game continued scoreless.

Finally Marek Kvapil found fellow Czech Jakub Klepis on the right side of the Omsk goal and Klepis, who was stoned on a one-timer, converted a backhander of the rebound on his second try to score the only goal of the game.

The final moments were tense, as Omsk pulled Ramo for an extra attacker and kept the puck in the Dynamo end for several good chances, but to no avail, as Alexander Yeremenko completed the shutout to give Dynamo the title.

Dynamo Moscow 2012 Gagarin Cup, Dynamo Moscow 2012 Gagarin Cup
Dynamo Moscow - 2012 KHL Gagarin Cup Champions

It was Dynamo's first Gagarin Cup, as well as the first for any club from the Russian capital, and a great result for a team which was on the verge of vanishing in 2010 when their previous and storied previous iteration HC Dynamo, who had been formed in 1946, merged with HC MVD to form UHC (United Hockey Club) Dynamo for the 2010-11 season in a deal which saw the new team assume the history of the legendary Dynamo club but the roster and ownership of MVD.

Here is the game winning goal, scored by Klepis, a one time Washington Capital.

Here is a report of Dynamo's arrival back at home in Moscow, where they were greeted by their excited fans.

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