SKA earned a confident 3:1 triumph at HC Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the first match of the 2019/2020 KHL regular season.
In the first period, David Rundblad opened the scoring for SKA with a strong one timer, but the hosts did get back on level terms in the second.
Nevertheless, after Nail Yakupov handed SKA their second lead, Vladimir Tkachyov then struck late on to seal the 3:1 win.
SKA will next play on Wednesday against Traktor Chelyabinsk.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk - SKA - 1:3 (0:1, 1:1, 0:1)
0:1 Rundblad (Plotnikov), 19.06
1:1 Kozun (O'Dell), 29.44
1:2 Yakupov (Rundblad), 37.46
1:3 Tkachyov (Zub), 58.23
Goalkeepers: Koshechkin - Kochetov
Shots on target: 27 - 35
Faceoffs: 23 - 31
Hits: 19 - 14
Penalty minutes: 16 - 12
Referees: Naumov, Romasko