In Kazan, SKA conceded a narrow 2019/2020 KHL regular season defeat to HC Ak Bars, as two goals in the second period were enough for the hosts to win 2:1.
Ansel and Emil Galimov were the goalscorers for the Tatarstan club.
In the third frame, Alexei Byvaltsev did claw one back for SKA, but it wasn't enough to save the match.
SKA will now return to the Saint Petersburg Ice Palace for a series of home games.
Ak Bars - SKA - 2:1 (0:0, 2:0, 0:1)
1:0 A. Galimov (Galiev), 25.56
2:0 E. Galimov (Tkachyov), 28.27
2:1 Byvaltsev (Plotnikov, Tkachyov), 57.40
Goalkeepers: Reideborn - Melnichuk
Shots on target: 29 - 22
Faceoffs: 30 - 31
Hits: 19 - 13
Penalty minutes: 20 - 18
Referees: Ovchinnikov, Naumov