This was what all that hard work was for. Those frantic and glorious moments after the final siren sounded the end of the 10th season of the KHL Championship, when the Ak Bars players knew they had done it. Mission Accomplished: a record-breaking third Gagarin Cup. The 1-0 win on home ice meant a 4-1 series victory over CSKA, and the celebrations could begin.
Few who were here at the arena or who watched the drama unfold on their screens will forget the emotional scenes: the relief of the players, the joy of the fans, and the delight on the faces of head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, winning his third Gagarin Cup, and Danis Zaripov, winning his fifth. Our finest photographers were on duty at the Tatneft Arena to capture for all time these historical moments.