European Leagues

Liiga Game Day: 1-5-17

Sport 2 vs. SaiPa 3 (SO)
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 39 PIM

Ex-Montreal farmhand Brock Trotter had 1 goal and 1 assist for SaiPa in their 3-2 SO win over Sport.

Liiga Game Day: 1-3-17

SaiPa 1 vs. KalPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 39 PIM

Ex-Stars pick Eero Kilpelainen made 29 saves to pace KalPa to a narrow 2-1 win over SaiPa.

KHL Game Day: 1-3-17

Dinamo Minsk 5 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 18-34-52, +31, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 18:44 of ice time as SKA dropped their first back-to-back games in regulation this season, falling to Minsk 5-4. Ex-NHL'ers Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Evgeny Dadonov each had goals for SKA in the loss.

NHL Game Night: 12-31-16 Hurricanes at Lightning

Lightning get key, clinical win.

CAR-1
TB-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 22 shots for the win. After stealing the point against Toronto, he might be due to go on a little hot streak here.

First Period
7:35 TB Boyle (10), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
19:50 TB Drouin (11), (Kucherov, Palat)(PP)

Second Period
13:22 TB Killorn (12), (Peca, Hedman)
15:20 CAR Aho (7), (Slavin, Teravianen)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Jonathan Drouin, Vasilevskiy, and Nikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

With points at a premium after lacking the gas to deal appropriately with Toronto, the Lightning made sure they took care of business against a beatable Carolina club. It may have cost them Brian Boyle as the injury bug continues his rampage unabated, but the Lightning got another key win tonight. With 2 games left to play in this 10 game segment of the season, Tampa Bay needs 2 points to clinch a successful segment with the possibility of trimming 1-2 points off their season playoff pace deficit hanging out there as a real possibility.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 9:47.

Matthew Peca had a helper, his first NHL point, and was +1 with 2 hits in 12:05. He was also 50% on 8 draws. His style of game is helping to alleviate some of the stress from the injury to Brayden Point

Yanni Gourde was scoreless in 8:12.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 12-30-16

TPS 3 vs. SaiPa 0
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 39 PIM

According to the game sheet of SaiPa's 3-0 loss to TPS, Lightning prospect Saku Salminen got the Brady Greco treatment in that he dressed, but did not play, in the match. TPS netminder Aleksander Giorgiev had to make just 13 saves to record the shutout.

KHL Game Day: 12-29-16

St. Petersburg 1 vs. Yaroslavl 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 18-34-52, +31, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev tied for the match high with 6 shots on goal in 21:18 of ice time in SKA's 2-1 loss to Yaroslavl. It's just the 3rd regulation loss in 43 games this season for St. Petersburg. Lokomotiv netminder Alexei Murygin, an undrafted 30 year old, turned aside an impressive 46 shots for Yaroslavl to earn the win.

Liiga Game Day: 12-28-16

Ilves 1 vs. SaiPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 39 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 8:07 of ice time in SaiPa's 2-1 win over Ilves. The rare win puts SaiPa at 14th in the 15 team league, 2 points ahead of basement dwelling Lukko on the league table.

KHL Game Day: 12-27-16

Kazan 4 vs. St. Petersburg 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 18-34-52, +31, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on one of two Vadim Shipachyov goals in SKA's 4-2 Shootout loss to Ak Bars Kazan. The forward played 14:30 in the match and was successful on 1 of his 2 attempts in the penalty shot session.

Liiga Game Day: 12-26-16

Pelicans 3 vs. SaiPa 2 (OT)
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-4-6, -4, 39 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 8:06 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 OT loss to Pelicans Lahti. Journeyman Justin Hodgman had the OT winner and a pair of helpers in the win for Pelicans.

MHL Game Day: 12-25-16

Spartak Jr. 1 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 5
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 50 PIM

Oleg Sosunov is no longer listed on Loko Jr.'s roster as of this weekends two game set against Spartak Jr. Bolt Prospects will do some digging to see whether Sosunov has been demoted to MHL-B or if another transaction is in the offing.

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