Two days after winning 5-1 in Zagreb, SKA proved it was no fluke by downing the Croats 5-0 and stretching its unbeaten start to 12 games.
The damage was done early on with Artemy Panarin scoring twice in the first 10 minutes to dampen Medvescak’s spirits.
Second period goals from Patrick Thoresen and Andrei Kuteikin stretched that lead, but the middle session ended on an ugly note as Ilya Kovalchuk and Mike Glumac came to blows in center ice. Kovi took exception to Glumac’s check from behind on Kuteikin; the officials expelled the Canadian from the game.
Vadim Shipachyov completed the scoring in the final session; Alexander Salak claimed SKA’s first shut-out of the season with 22 saves.
Aaltonen stretches streak to 12 games
SKA isn’t the only club counting 12 games of success. Jokerit’s Juhamatti Aaltonen maintained his hot streak with an assist on Linus Omark’s overtime winner at Atlant. The Finnish forward teed up his teammate’s decisive one-timer and made it 12 g ...