A little more than a year after a shocking plane crash devastated the franchise and the hockey world at large, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl played its first home game since on Sunday.
The team lost 2-1 to Atlant Moscow Oblast in front of a “near-sellout crowd” of 9,046 fans, according to NHL.com.
Here’s a summary of the game:
Lokomotiv had initially jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Daniil Apalkov scored at 15:23 of the first period. After a scoreless second period however, Atlant tied the game at 5:22 of the third period on a shorthanded goal by Igor Ignatushkin. Nikolay Zherdev scored the game-winner for Atlant just more than eight minutes later at 13:30 of the third, and Atlant goalie Stanislav Galimov shut the door the rest of the way for the victory.
Even without a win, the franchise has come a long way from that jarring tragedy.
Lokomotiv is already well-stocked with former NHL players such as Niklas Hagman, Vitali Vishnevsky and Curtis Sanford.
Oh yeah, and reports indicate that Alexander Semin could be on his way soon, too.
(Lokomotiv patch image via the Pittsburgh Penguins.)