Salminen, Saku

KHL Game Day: 8-27-15

Omsk 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 4 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 23/26, 2.77 GAA, .885 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 1.92 GAA, .917 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin turned away all three shooters he faced in the penalty shot session to lift Magnitka to a 4-3 shootout win over Omsk. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win.

Jokerit 5 vs. Novgorod 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius stopped 20 shots as Jokerit steamrolled Novgorod 5-1. Carter Ashton had a minor for hooking in 16:13 in defeat. There's still no word as of yet on what Jokerit will do with forward Saku Salminen.

KHL Game Day: 8-25-15

Novgorod 3 vs. Yaroslavl 2 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 20:44 of ice time and unsuccessful in his lone shootout attempt in Novgorod's 3-2 win over Yaroslavl. Ex-NHLer Alexander Frolov had the shootout winner for Novgorod.

Astana 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%

Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had the game winning goal and added an assist in Magnitogorsk's 2-1 win over Astana.

Elsewhere in the KHL, Jokerit defeated Cherepovets 3-2 in their opening match of the season. Jokerit property Saku Salminen was cut from the team's KHL roster toward the end of preseason and it is yet to be determined where he will play this season. Last season, Jokerit loaned Salminen to SM-liiga side HPK for the 2014-2015 campaign. The Finnish league's regular season is slated to begin on 9-11-15.

Liiga Game Day: 3-12-15

The end.

TPS 5 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 3-5-8, E, 4 PIM

Saku Salminen actually got to get on the ice (for 13:48, no less) and contributed a helper in HPK's season-ending 5-2 loss to TPS. TPS got 2 goals and 3 points from Mikko Rantanen, an 18 year old power forward who is expected to be a first rounder in the June draft. The 18-year old finished his campaign with 9 goals and 28 points in 56 games.

HPK will miss the Liiga playoffs by 12 points, sitting in 11th on the 14 team Liiga table.

Liiga Game Day: 3-10-15

HPK 1 vs. Sport 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

For the third straight game Saku Salminen dressed but did not play as HPK fell to Sport 3-1. Ex-Bruins first rounder Hannu Toivonen turned aside 37 for the victory. With just 1 regular season game left on the schedule, HPK is now 11 points out of playoff position and will miss the postseason.

Liiga Game Day: 3-7-15

Lukko 3 vs. HPK 0
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Saku Salminen again dressed as HPK's 13th forward but did not see any ice time in their 3-0 loss to Lukko. Ex-ECHL journeyman Ryan Zapolski stopped all 23 shots he faced for the shutout.

Liiga Game Day: 3-6-15

HPK 3 vs. Ilves 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Saku Salminen dressed, but did not receive a single shift of ice time in HPK's 3-1 win over Ilves. Undrafted 19 year old Patrik Virta had 2 goals to lead HPK in the win, while ex-Bruins first rounder Zach Hamill notched the team's other goal. Ex-Stars second rounder Vojtek Polak had Ilves' lone goal in defeat. HPK still sits 5 points out of the final Liiga playoff spot in the standings.

Liiga Game Day: 3-3-15

Assat 6 vs. HPK 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Ex-Blue Jackets third rounder Jake Hansen had a pair of helpers for Assat in their 6-3 win over HPK. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had a goal in defeat for HPK.

Liiga Game Day: 2-28-15

HPK 3 vs. Pelicans 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had the eventual game winner in HPK's 3-1 win over Pelicans. Ex-Bruins first rounder Zach Hamill assisted on the goal. HPK currently sits 5 points out of the final playoff spot on the Liiga table.

Liiga Game Day: 2-27-15

JYP 4 vs. HPK 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Undrafted 21 year old forward Markus Hannikainen had 2 goals and 3 points for JYP in their 4-1 thumping of HPK. Ex-Leafs player Darryl Boyce also had a goal in the match for JYP.

Liiga Game Day: 2-21-15

Karpat 3 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Karpat scored a pair of Third Period goals to come from behind and defeat HPK 3-2. Ex-Flyers farmhand Mika Pyorala led the way with 1 goal and 3 points for Karpat.

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