SKA completed this KHL away series with a match against HC Slovan Bratislava. Head coach Oleg Znarok didn't make many changes to the line-up, keeping Finn Mikko Koskinen between the pipes. Jakub Stepanek, who used to play for SKA, was Slovan's starting goaltender.
The Slovaks made a strong start in Bratislava, drawing two penalties out of SKA. Nevertheless, our players confidently killed those four minutes, preventing Slovan from creating clear shooting lanes. Not long after that, SKA made the breakthrough. Mikhail Maltsev teed up Nikita Gusev at the high slot, who ripped a one timer beyond Jakub Stepanek. In the mood for more, a second goal was soon scored. Sergei Shirokov was given time to pick his spot in Slovan's zone, arrowing a perfect shot over the netminder's glove.
If that wasn't bad enough for Slovan, the hosts contrived to concede a third just 17 seconds into the second stanza. Sergei Plotnikov caught the goalkeeper cold with a snappy wrister, in turn sending Jakub Stepanek to the bench in place of Marek Mazanec. That change didn't make much difference though, with Vyacheslav Voynov smashing in a slap shot on the powerplay to make it 4:0 in SKA's favour.
Despite the scoreline, Slovan came out hard for the third period. The home team registered 15 shots on target during the frame, testing Mikko Koskinen from all angles. However, the only goal in the period was scored by SKA. Defenseman Yegor Rykov grabbed his first KHL career goal, lashing an unstoppable effort into the net. Mikko Koskinen kept his shutout intact, seeing SKA through to a large 5:0 win against Slovan!
Slovan - SKA - 0:5 (0:2, 0:2, 0:1)
0:1 Gusev (Maltsev), 09.05
0:2 Shirokov (Kalinin, Koskiranta), 14.20
0:3 Plotnikov (Kovalchuk, Zubarev), 20.17
0:4 Voynov (Gusev), 26.26
0:5 Rykov (Barabanov, Rukavishnikov), 50.11
Goalkeepers: Stepanek/Mazanec - Koskinen
Shots on target: 29 - 36
Penalty minutes: 6 - 12
Faceoffs: 37 - 20
Hits: 7 - 5
Referees: Oskirko, Fateev
27.10.2017. Bratislava, Slovakia.