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Seventh loss in eight games in Kazan

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Ak Bars captain Alexander Svitov made his long-awaited return to the KHL after injury and helped his team beat Slovan 2-1.

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Ak Bars Kazan - HC SLOVAN Bratislava 2:1 (1:1, 1:0, 0:0)

Goals: 18. Galijev (Popov, Tkačjov), 34. Galijev (Tkačjov) - 15. Lunter. Referees: Fatejev, Kislov - Antonov, Maximovskij (všetci Rus.), Penalties: 1:1 na 2 min, Powerplays: 0:0, Penalty killing: 0:1, 6102 spectators.

Ak Bars Kazan: Garipov - Postma, Pedan, Markov, Jarullin, Ljamkin, Batyršin - Azevedo, Zaripov, Burmistrov - Galijev, Popov, Tkačjov - Lukojanov, Michejev, Potapov - Gluchov, Svitov, Klinkhammer

HC SLOVAN Bratislava: Štěpánek - Gelinas, Sersen, Grman, Meszároš, Klok, Jánošík, Švarný - Řepík, Taffe, Červený - Jeglič, Sukeľ, Lunter - Rau, Bailey, Liška - Hrnka, Chipchura, Sloboda - Baranov.

The teams traded goals in the first period, with Mario Lunter putting Slovan in front on a short-handed strike after a quick breakaway. Stanislav Galiyev tied the scores in the 18th minute and went on to get the decider midway through the second period. Vladimir Tkachyov assisted on both markers.

The win sees Ak Bars return to third place in the Eastern Conference, moving ahead of Barys. Slovan remains outside the playoff places in the West; the Slovaks’ current run brings seven losses in eight games.

West conference

P Team GP PTS
1. CSKA Moscow 49 84
2. SKA St. Peterburg 48 79
3. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 50 67
4. Jokerit Helsinki 48 66
5. Dynamo Moscow 50 58
6. Spartak Moscow 50 56
7. Vityaz Podolsk 49 52
8. HC Sochi 50 51
9. Dinamo Riga 49 48
10. Severstal Cherepovets 49 36
11. Dinamo Minsk 49 33
12. HC SLOVAN Bratislava 51 27
All Standings

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