Slovan Bratislava’s encouraging start to the season hit an unexpected obstacle with a 0-3 home defeat against Severstal.
The damage was done early, with Evgeny Mons and Pavel Buchnevich opening up a 2-0 lead by the 13th minute. That saw starting goalie Jaroslav Janus chased to the bench, but there was no great change in Slovan’s fortunes.
Instead Buchnevich got his second of the night in the 26th minute and Jakub Stepanek ended the game with a 34-save shut-out as Severstal got its second win of the campaign.
Galimov blanks Atlant
CSKA sank Atlant with a powerful second period performance in Mytishchi, taking a 3-0 verdict to make it four wins from five so far this season.
After a fairly even beginning to the game, two goals in the space of seven seconds after 26 minutes put the Army Men in complete control. Stephane Da Costa got the first, circling the net menacingly, tussling with Mikhail Tyulyapkin on the slot and, at the third attempt, finding the angle to put h ...