This was SKA's 800th home match in the KHL and Russian championship. So far, our players have registered 480 victories (50 in overtime), 35 draws and 285 defeats. The goal difference is 2363-1725 in SKA's favour.
For the first time, SKA won a season-opener in overtime. Previously, SKA had played in three overtimes in the maiden game of a particular campaign, losing on all three occasions.
This was the third occasion when SKA competed against Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the first match of a domestic season. Interestingly, the two previous season-openers against Salavat had ended in defeat for our team on 17 September 1982 (2:4) and 7 September 2005 (2:3).
Overall, SKA have now defeated Salavat Yulaev in overtime in the KHL four times.
Defensemen Alex Grant, Alexander Nikishin (0+1), Mikhail Pashnin and Andrei Pedan and forwards Dmitry Buchelnikov, Damir Zhafyarov (1+1), Nikita Komarov, Artyom Fyodorov (1+0), Marat Khairullin and Dmitrij Jaskin (0+1) all made their KHL debuts for SKA. 10 debutants in the first match of a KHL season is a new record for SKA.
Zhafyarov and Fyodorov marked their debuts with a goal each. The former is indeed the maiden SKA player to tally his first goal for our team when playing in overtime,