In Belarus, SKA made a winning start to 2019, defeating hosts HC Dinamo Minsk in the 2018/2019 KHL regular season.
For 40 minutes, Dinamo managed to keep SKA off the scoreboard, but our players eventually came to life in the third frame with two goals.
Less than two minutes into the third period, Sergei Plotnikov connected with David Rundblad's feed, before Nikolai Prokhokrin's one timer from the right faceoff circle on the powerplay completed the 2:0 victory in the final moments.
SKA will now travel to Helsinki, Finland to play HC Jokerit on Sunday. Puck drop is scheduled for 17.30 Moscow time.
Dinamo Minsk - SKA - 0:2 (0:0, 0:0, 0:2)
0:1 Plotnikov (Rundblad), 41.48
0:2 Prokhorkin (Datsyuk, Khafizullin), 56.29
Goalkeepers: Enroth - Hellberg
Shots on target: 12 - 25
Faceoffs: 17 - 33
Hits: 17 - 14
Penalty minutes: 24 - 10
Referees: Bondar, Gusev