Salminen, Saku

Liiga Game Day: 1-8-16

TPS 3 vs. KalPa 1
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 4-5-9, +8, 14 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in just 10:07 of ice time in KalPa's 3-1 loss to TPS. TPS got a goal from ex-Springfield Falcons forward David Spina and 1 goal and 1 assist from ex-Thrashers forward Tomi Kallio.

Salminen Update: Saku Salminen has 2 goals and 4 points in 7 games for TUTO Hockey in the Finnish Mestis (second tier) league. Salminen was loaned to TUTO from his KHL club, Jokerit, where he had 1 assist in 9 games with the team.

KHL Game Day: 11-26-15

Togliatti 2 vs. St. Petersburg 3 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 8 GP, 3-4-7, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 10-11-21, +9, 4 PIM

Ex-NHLer Dmitri Kalinin scored the OT winner for SKA in their 3-2 win over Lada Togliatti. Fellow ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk had a pair of helpers in the win. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 19:06 in the match.

Jokerit 2 vs. Sochi 5
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM

Ex-Lightning pick Denis Kazionov had a goal in Sochi's 5-2 win over Jokerit. Dmitri Kazionov, brother of Denis and also a former Lightning pick, got 27 PIM's and a suspension out of the contest. Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius allowed 4 goals on 14 shots for the loss before being pulled out of the game.

KHL Game Day: 11-24-15

Kazan 3 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 7 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 10-11-21, +10, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 18:23 in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 loss to Ak Bars Kazan. SKA got a pair of helpers from ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk in the loss.

Jokerit 3 vs. Yaroslavl 1
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Isles pick Jesse Joensuu had a goal for Jokerit in their 3-1 win over Yaroslavl. Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius stopped 19/20 for the win.

Zagreb 2 vs. Novgorod 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 20 PIM

Carter Ashton took three separate minors for high sticking in 15:04 of ice time in Novgorod's 2-1 loss to Zagreb. Zagreb's opening goal came from ex-Isles pick Mark Katic.

KHL Game Day: 11-21-15

Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Togliatti 2 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 28 GP, 12-9-6, 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .918 sv%

Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov stopped 23 shots and 2 of 3 in the penalty shot session in Magnitogorsk's 3-2 SO win over Togliatti.

Jokerit 2 vs. Astana 0
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Flames goaltender Henrik Karlsson turned aside all 24 shots he faced as Jokerit shutout Astana 2-0.

KHL Game Day: 11-19-15

Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Kazan 2 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Loss, 22/23, 0.92 GAA, .957 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 12-9-6, 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .918 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin allowed 2 of 4 to convert in the penalty shot session in Magnitogorsk's 2-1 Shootout loss to Kazan. Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski scored the lone regulation goal and converted in the Shootout for Magnitka.

Jokerit 2 vs. Omsk 3 (OT)
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-NHLer Martin Erat had the OT winner for Omsk in their 3-2 win over Jokerit.

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Astana 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 6 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 10-11-21, +10, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:48 as SKA St. Petersburg crushed Ak Bars Kazan 5-1. Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk had 1 goal and 3 points in the win. Ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin also got in a fight for SKA in the victory.

KHL Game Day: 11-16-15

Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Jokerit 4
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Panthers pick Topi Jaakola and ex-Stars pick Philip Larsen each had 1 goal and 1 assist from the blueline in Jokerit's 4-2 win over Khanty-Mansisysk.

Novgorod 2 vs. Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals:

Carter Ashton had a helper in 16:28 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-2 shootout loss to Dynamo Moscow. Dynamo got a goal from ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums.

KHL Game Day: 11-14-15

Ekaterinburg 3 vs. Jokerit 4 (SO)
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Ottawa Senator Peter Regin had 1 goal and 1 assist and had the Shootout winner for Jokerit in their 4-3 victory over Ekaterinurg. Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius made 14 saves in regulation and OT and stopped 2 of 2 in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

Novgorod 3 vs. Podolsk 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-4-10, +6, 14 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 17:34 in Novgorod's 3-1 win over Podolsk. Novgorod got a goal from ex-Avs pick Linus Videll in the victory.

KHL Game Day: 11-12-15

Astana 2 vs. Jokerit 0
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Slovakian netminder Jan Laco turned aside all 33 shots he faced to stake Astana to a 2-0 victory over Jokerit. Ex-Calgary Flame Dustin Boyd had a goal in the win.

Kazan 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 36/38, 1.85 GAA, .947 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 10-9-6, 0 SO, 2.35 GAA, .916 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin blanked both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session as Magnitogorsk toppled Kazan 3-2 in the Shootout. Magnitogorsk got a goal from ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin in the win.

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Podolsk 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Peterburg, 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 4 GP, 3-4-7, +5, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 10-11-21, +11, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and an even strength goal and helper in SKA's 5-3 win over Podolsk. The forward played 19:20 in the match. Ex-Panthers forward Evgeny Dadonov chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist in the win.

Novgorod 5 vs. Zagbreb 2
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-3-3, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-4-10, +5, 14 PIM

Carter Ashton had a trio of primary assists in 17:11 of ice time as Novgorod thumped Zagreb 5-2. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll had 1 goal and 1 assist for Novgorod in the win.

KHL Game Day: 11-10-15

Omsk 0 vs. Jokerit 1
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Flames netminder Henrik Karlsson turned aside all 31 shots he faced in Jokerit's 1-0 win over Omsk.

Togliatti 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 7
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 13/14, 1.00 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 10-9-4, 0 SO, 2.39 GAA, .912 sv%

The Karjala break seems to have done Magnitka well, as they allowed just 14 shots on goal in a 7-1 thumping of Lada Togliatti. Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski led the way with 2 goals and 3 points in the victory.

St. Petersburg 3 vs. Dynamo Moscow 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 3 GP, 1-3-4, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-10-18, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had 1 goal and 1 assist in just 11:56 of ice time in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 win over Dynamo Moscow. Dynamo got a goal from ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums in defeat. According to the KHL website, Gusev's contract expires on 4/30/16, after which the Lightning will be free to attempt to sign him if he does not sign an extension beforehand. In recent interviews, Gusev cited his openness to coming to North America to join his friend and former CSKA Jr. teammate Nikita Kucherov. However, big market SKA St. Petersburg will have the resources to put together a compelling financial package for Gusev to stay put if they want to retain him, so stay tuned.

Novgorod 5 vs. Bratislava 3
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 6-1-7, +2, 12 PIM

Carter Ashton had 1 goal and 1 assist in 17:05 of ice time as Novgorod beat Bratislava 5-3. Bratislava got 1 goal and 1 assist from ex-NHLer Cam Barker in defeat.

KHL Game Day: 10-31-15

Jokerit 5 vs. Dinamo Riga 6 (SO)
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius coughed up a 5-0 lead allowing 5 goals on 31 shots and 2 of 3 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session in Jokerit's 6-5 loss to Riga. Ex-Predators pick Lauris Darzins had helpers in triplicate in Riga's successful comeback bid. Ex-NHLer Niklas Hagman had 1 goal and 1 assist for Jokerit before their epic collapse. Note that Lightning prospect Saku Salminen is noted on the KHL website as being removed from Jokerit's active roster. That was also the case earlier this season when the young forward was still traveling with the team, though.

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