Although the NHL teams played against Soviet league teams during the Super Series between 1976 and 1991, there were no games between post-Soviet and NHL teams until 2008, when Metallurg Magnitogorsk played against the New York Rangers for the 2008 Victoria Cup. Two years later, in 2010, marked the first time since 1990 that NHL teams played games on post-Soviet ice.
|Date||Venue||KHL team||Score||NHL team||Event|
|1 October 2008||PostFinance-Arena, Bern||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||3–4||New York Rangers||2008 Victoria Cup|
|4 October 2010||Ice Palace Saint Petersburg||SKA Saint Petersburg||5–3||Carolina Hurricanes||2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge|
|6 October 2010||Arena Riga||Dinamo Riga||1–3||Phoenix Coyotes||2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge|
|Totals||3 matches||1 win||9–10||2 wins|
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