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