Last day of the KHL regular season!
Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Novgorod 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
And on the final day, Vasily rested. Koshechkin sat backup in Magnitogorsk's 4-2 win over Novgorod. Ex-Columbus pick Sergei Mozyakin led the way with 2 goals and 3 points.
Ufa 3 vs. Podolsk 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 23/25, 2.00 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Andrey Vasilevskiy finished up his rookie season of KHL hockey right turning aside 23 shots in Ufa's 3-2 win over Podolsk. Ex-NHLer Ivan Vishnevsky had the eventual game winner for Ufa.
St. Petersburg 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev capped his first full season at the KHL level with a game winning, power play goal to lift Yugra to a 2-1 upset win over SKA St. Petersburg. Gusev played 11:24 in the match. He finishes the regular season with 8 goals after averaging just 9:58 of ice time in 44 games.
Bratislava 2 vs. Zagreb 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, 29/32, 3.01 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 41 GP, 15-18-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%
Jaroslav Janus' season ended with a whimper as Slovan fell 3-2 to Zagreb. Ex-NHLer Jonathan Cheechoo assisted on the game-winning goal just 13 seconds into the final period of the match. It was Cheechoo's second helper of the game. Ex-Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster also scored for Zagreb.
Here's how the KHL playoffs shape up for the Lightning's prospects:
In the Western Conference, Slovan Bratislava (Jaroslav Janus) finished 11th, 17 points out of the money and will not season the postseason.
In the Eastern Conference, the late season heroics of Vasily Koshechkin allowed Metallurg Magnitogorsk to clinch the 1st seed in the conference by 8 points over divisional rival Ak Bars Kazan. Theyll face 8th seed Vladivostok, which made the playoffs in their expansion season.
Ufa (Andrey Vasilevskiy) will get the test of being the 4th seed and will square off against 5th seed Novgorod. Both teams finished with 94 points, but Ufa got the tiebreak.
Like Bratislava, Khanty-Mansisysk (Nikita Gusev) finished 11th in their conference and will not make the KHL's postseason tournament. They finished 14 points behind Vladivostok for the final playoff spot in the East.
Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Kazan 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 33/33, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Make it back-to-back shutouts and back-to-back 1-0 wins for Vasily Koshechkin as he and Magnitogorsk defeated Kazan today 1-0. Czech forward Jan Kovar scored the game winner for Metallurg. Koshechkin is 5th in the KHL in save percentage and leads the pack in shutouts.
Ufa 1 vs. Dynamo Moscow 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 27 GP, 13-8-5, 3 SO, 2.22 GAA, .923 sv%
Alexei Volkov got the call in net today for Ufa in their 3-1 loss to Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Leafs draft pick Leo Komarov assisted on Dynamo's 2nd and 3rd goals as they pulled away for the win.
Mytischi 5 vs. Khanty-Mansisysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansisysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 7-6-13, -6, 10 PIM
Yugra continued to look unimpressive emerging from the Olympics break as they were again crushed, this time by Mytischi by a score of 5-1. Ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin had a helper in the win for Mytischi. Nikita Gusev played 17:50 in the loss.
Bratislava 0 vs. Spartak Moscow 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 21/24, 3.01 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 15-17-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%
Jaroslav Janus and Bratislava have appeared to hit another speed bump in their season, stumbling out of the Olympic break. Today they fell 3-0 to Spartak Moscow.
Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Dynamo Moscow 0 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, SO, 41/41, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 50 GP, 29-12-8, 8 SO, 1.92 GAA, .939 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin was perfect, even stopping three of three in the penalty shot session, in Magnitogorsk's 1-0 win over Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil was among the unlucky Dynamo shooters nullified by Koshechkin in the skills competition.
Ufa 1 vs. Kazan 0
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Win, SO, 23/23, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 13-8-5, 3 SO, 2.22 GAA, .923 sv%
Only slightly less impressive than Koshechkin's shutout, Andrey Vasilevskiy turned aside all 23 shots he faced to deliver Ufa a 1-0 win over Kazan. Longtime KHL star Konstantin Barulin turned aside 27 shots at the other end of the ice for Kazan in defeat.
Yaroslavl 6 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 7-6-13, -5, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev was -1 in 12:22 of ice time as Yugra got crushed 6-2 by Yaroslavl. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had a helper in defeat for Yugra.
Bratislava 1 vs. Donetsk 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 25/27, 2.03 GAA, .926 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 15-16-8, 2 SO, 2.85 GAA, .898 sv%
Jaroslav Janus couldn't quite duplicate the feats of Lightning prospect brethren Koshechkin and Vasilevskiy, falling 2-1 to Donetsk. Ex-NHLer Martin Skoula assisted on Slovan's only goal.
Magnitogorsk 0 vs. Podolsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 27/29, 2.06 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 29-12-7, 7 SO, 1.96 GAA, .938 sv%
The Korolyuk's, Anton and Alexander, each had helpers in Podolsk's 2-0 win over Magnitogorsk. Sergei Denisov turned away 34 for the shutout.
Ufa 2 vs. Novgorod 1 (OT)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 25/26, 0.98 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 12-8-5, 2 SO, 2.31 GAA, .921 sv%
Andrey Vasilrvskiy started the post-Olympics stretch with a quality, 25 save overtime victory over Novgorod. Ex-NHLer Brent Sopel had a helper in the match for Ufa.
Cherepovets 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 7-6-13, -4, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 12:46 as Yugra got stomped by Cherepovets 4-1. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had Yugra's only goal.
Bratislava 4 vs. Dinamo Minsk 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Win, 25/28, 2.77 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 15-15-8, 2 SO, 2.88 GAA, .898 sv%
Jaroslav Janus turned away all three shooters he faced to deliver Bratislava a 4-3 shootout win over Minsk. Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan had a goal in the match for Slovan. Ex-Lightning defenseman Lukas Krajicek had a pair of helpers in defeat for Minsk.
Astana 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 7-6-13, -4, 10 PIM
January may well have been the turning point of Nikita Gusev's young KHL career. The diminutive sniper scored his 7th goal of the season in 15:21 of ice time in Yugra's 4-3 loss to Astana. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski scored the game winning goal for Astana while former NHLer Nik Antropov added 1 goal and 1 assist to Astana's cause.
Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 31/33, 2.00 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-15-7, 2 SO, 2.88 GAA, .898 sv%
Ex-Lightning first rounder Vladimir Mihalik assisted on former NHL'er Miroslav Satan's shorthanded, game winning goal in Bratislava's 3-2 win over Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil had a helper in defeat for Dynamo.
Vladivostok 3 vs. Ufa 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 25/28, 3.05 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 11-8-4, 2 SO, 2.35 GAA, .920 sv%
Vladivostok built a 3-0 lead thanks in part to a goal from former Lightning defenseman Mike Commodore and rode out a Ufa comeback to win 3-2. Ex-Senators draft pick Ilya Zubov had a pair of helpers for Admiral in the win.
Novosibirsk 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 28/30, 2.01 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 46 GP, 28-10-7, 7 SO, 1.98 GAA, .937 sv%
Oleg Gubin's goal with 37 seconds left in regulation lifted Novosibirsk to a 2-1 triumph over Magnitogorsk. Former Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare had Metallurg's only goal, which was a Second Period shorthanded marker.
Ekaterinburg 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 6-6-12, -5, 10 PIM
Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev scored a shootout goal to help seal a 3-2 Yugra victory over Ekaterinburg. Yugra also got a shootout goal and a regulation goal from former Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak in the win. Gusev, who played 16:13 in the match, continues to cement his role as Yugra's shootout ace.
Podolsk 1 vs. Bratislava 2 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Win, 25/26, 0.92 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 36 GP, 14-15-7, 2 SO, 2.90 GAA, .896 sv%
Jaroslav Janus turned away 1 of 2 in the shootout session in Slovan's 2-1 win over Podolsk. Bratislava's shooters, conversely, were a perfect 3-for-3, including a conversion by former NHL'er Miroslav Satan. Ex-Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund took the loss for Podolsk.
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Omsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 6-6-12, -5, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev scored on a penalty shot 9:17 into the First Period in Yugra's 2-1 win over Omsk. The goal was scored on former Flames netminder Henrik Karlsson. Gusev ended up playing 14:11 in the contest. Ex-NHLer Sergei Kostitsyn scored the only goal for Omsk.
Novgorod 2 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 15/17, 2.00 GAA, .882 sv%
Season totals: 35 GP, 14-15-6, 2 SO, 2.97 GAA, .894 sv%
Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan assisted on Libor Hubacek's Second Period power play goal which turned out to be the game winner in Slovan's 3-2 win over Novgorod. Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had a goal in defeat for Novgorod.
Khanty-Mansiysk 5 vs. Spartak Moscow 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansisysk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 5-6-11, -6, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a power play helper in 14:58 of ice time in Yugra's 5-3 win over Spartak. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had 3 assists in the victory for Yugra. Spartak got a goal and an assist from ex-NHLer Slava Kozlov and 2 assists for ex-NHLer Oleg Kvasha in defeat.
Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Zagreb 4
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 5-5-10, -6, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on the game opening power play goal, but Zagreb scored 4 unanswered from there to topple Yugra 4-1. Gusev played 15:39 in the contest. Zagreb got a goal from former Springfield Falcons forward Ryan Vesce in the win.
Ufa 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 32/34, 2.00 GAA, .941 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 27-9-7, 7 SO, 1.95 GAA, .938 sv%
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, No Decision, 8/9, 3.00 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 22 GP, 10-7-4, 1 SO, 2.43 GAA, .918 sv%
Metallurg ran starter Alexei Volkov out of the building after 2 periods, leaving Andrey Vasilevskiy to pick up the pieces in Ufa's 5-2 loss to Magnitogorsk. Magnitogorsk got a pair of goals from former Columbus draft pick Sergei Mozyakin in the win. Former Senators second rounder Igor Mirnov had both goals for Ufa in defeat.
Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Donetsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 5-4-9, -5, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev was -1 in a big 18:13 of ice time in Yugra's 3-1 win over Donetsk. Yugra chased former NHLer Michael Leighton in the Second Period after he allowed 2 goals on 9 shots for the loss.
Chelyabinsk 5 vs. Ufa 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 16/20, 4.08 GAA, .800 sv%
Season totals: 21 GP, 10-7-4, 1 SO, 2.42 GAA, .919 sv%
It was a rare rough night for Andrey Vasilevskiy as he allowed 4 goals on 20 shots in Ufa's 5-3 loss to Traktor Chelyabinsk. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov had a goal in the loss for Ufa.
Nizhnekamsk 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 31/34, 3.00 GAA, .912 sv%
Season totals: 43 GP, 26-9-7, 7 SO, 1.95 GAA, .938 sv%
Ex-Lightning farmhand Dan Sexton had a goal for Nizhnekamsk in their 5-3 loss to Magnitogorsk. Metallurg got a goal from ex-Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare in the win.