In a tense encounter, SKA edged past HC Ak Bars Kazan at the Saint Petersburg Ice Palace, earning a thrilling 2:1 triumph in a dramatic penalty shootout.
With only eight minutes remaining, Andrei Kuzmenko struck the opening goal, but Ak Bars equalised with 01:06 remaining on the clock as Patrice Cormier hit the target.
In the end, it went all the way to penalties, in which Andrei Kuzmenko and Evgeny Ketov scored to hand SKA a hard-earned triumph!
SKA will next play against Dynamo Moscow on the road on December 9.
SKA - Ak Bars - 2:1 SO (0:0, 0:0, 1:1, 0:0 - 1:0)
1:0 Kuzmenko (Tokranov, Burdasov), 51.51
1:1 Cormier (Azevedo), 58.54
Goalkeepers: Samonov - Reideborn
Shots on target: 22 - 32
Faceoffs: 26 - 25
Hits: 37 - 22
Penalty minutes: 8 - 8
Referees: Naumov, Kulakov