In the first match of the 2018/2019 KHL Gagarin Cup playoffs second round, SKA managed to defeat HC Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 1:0 at the Saint Petersburg Ice Palace, in turn taking the advantage.
For the most part, it was a tight, tense encounter in Saint Petersburg, but in the third period, Swedish defenseman David Rundblad pounced on a juicy rebound to score from point blank range when on the powerplay. That goal proved enough for a victory as fellow Swede Magnus Hellberg stopped all 23 shots he faced.
Game two will take place at 19:30 local time on Friday.
SKA - Lokomotiv - 1:0 (0:0, 0:0, 1:0)
1:0 Rundblad (Yakupov, Koskiranta), 46.16
Goalkeepers: Hellberg - Salak
Shots on target: 27 - 23
Faceoffs: 28 - 22
Hits: 24 - 20
Penalty minutes: 4 - 10
Referees: Kulakov, Sergeev