CHL finalists wanted

Metallurg and Espoo look to turn things around

05.01.2009
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Can Metallurg and Vladimir Malenkikh, left, avenge the loss in the first semi-final game against Salavat Yulayev and Michal Mikeska? Photo: Getty Images/Bongarts

The Champions Hockey League completes its semi-final stage on January 7 (all starting times are listed CET). Both games will be broadcast live (see TV listings below) and will also be streamed live on www.championshockeyleague.com.

The two Champions Hockey League finalists will be know by Wednesday night. Salavat Yulayev Ufa (RUS) won the first semi-final game 2-1 against Metallurg in Magnitogorsk (RUS) while the ZSC Lions Zurich (SUI) won against the Espoo Blues (FIN) 6-3 on home ice. Both games were on December 10.

A tie will be enough for both Salavat and ZSC to qualify for the finals. In case of wins for Metallurg and Espoo, a shoot-out will decide the outcome. There will be no overtime.

Teams earned home ice advantage in the return game on January 7 due to their record in the CHL group stage.


Semi-final 2 – both games on January 7, 2009

Salavat Yulayev Ufa (RUS, 1W-0L) - Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RUS, 0W-1L) –16.00 (in Ufa)

Salavat is the favourite on home ice, after defeating Metallurg away 2-1 in the first semi-final on December 10.

If Salavat wins, they will also earn home ice advantage in the second game of the final. If Metallurg wins the semi-final, they will play the first final game in Magnitogorsk.

Espoo Blues (FIN, 0W-1L) - ZSC Lions Zurich (SUI, 1W-0L) –19.30 (in Espoo)

This long break might have been good for the Finnish team to get some of their injured players back.

To qualify for the final, the ZSC Lions need at least a tie in regulation. If Espoo wins after regulation, there will be a shoot-out.


Broadcasters for Wednesday’s games:

Salavat Yulayev Ufa - Metallurg Magnitogorsk

Broadcasters: Live:
RTR All Sports (Russia), Rai Sport (Italy), TVP Sport (Poland), Universal Sport (live streaming, USA), MTV3 Max (Finland), www.championshockeyleague.com, www.sportstream.cz, Viasat Sport (Norway), CT4 (Czech R.), Viasat Sport (Sweden), Boom Sport One (Romania), TV3 (Latvia), Eurosport 1 (delayed, Germany), Laola (live streaming, Austria)

Highlights:
RTR All Sports, Universal Sport, SRG Switzerland (SF, TSR), MTV3 Max, Sport+ (France and Africa), STV3 (Slovakia), SNTV (News), EVS (News)


Espoo Blues - ZSC Lions Zurich

Broadcasters: Live:
SRG Switzerland (SF2; TSR2; TSI2)   MTV Max (Finland), TVP Sport, STV3, CT4, Universal Sports (live streaming), www.championshockeyleague.com, Viasat Sport (delayed, Norway), Viasat Sport (Sweden), Boom Sport One, Eurosport 1 (delayed), Rai Sport (delayed), TV3 (delayed, Latvia)

Highlights:
MTV Max, Universal Sports, RTR All Sports, STV3, Sport+, SNTV (News), EVS (News), Radio DRS (news reporting, Switzerland)


Go to championshockeyleague.com for latest news, team updates and the clubs in the semi-final round. Click here for the on-ice officials assignments for the Wednesday’s games. Click here for the 25-man rosters.

The home & away finals will be played on January 21 & 28.


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