European Leagues

European Game Day: 12/4/10

Linkopings 3 @ Sodertalje 0
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals:

Riku Helenius sat backup as Sodertalje was blanked 3-0 by Linkopings. Former Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena stopped all 21 shots he faced for Linkopings.

Dynamo Minsk 0 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 2-4-6, +4, 16 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov continues to pick up steam. The forward assisted on a Nikolai Lemtyugov goal in 13:12 of ice time in Kazan's 4-0 win over Minsk. Former NHLer Alexei Morozov had a pair of assists in the match for Kazan.

KHL Game Day: 12/3/10

Cherepovets 0 @ Hanty-Mansiysk 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 17 GP, 8-9-0, 1 SO, 2.80 GAA, .912 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin say backup as Rostislav Stana allowed 3 goals on 19 shots in Cherepovets' 3-0 loss to Yugra. A changing of the guard at the starting position may be in the cards now, as Koshechkin, with the exception of one poor start, has been hot since returning from a dominant Karjala Cup performance with the national team. Ex-Hawks draft pick and Norfolk Admiral Mikhail Yakubov had a pair of goals in the match for Yugra.

European Game Day: 12/2/10

MODO 7 @ Sodertalje 1
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 5.72 GAA
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-8-0, 0 SO, 2.95 GAA, .884 sv%

Oof. Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals in 31:28 for the loss today before giving way to Pontus Sjogren who allowed 4 goals the rest of the way in Sodertalje's 7-1 loss to MODO. Elitserien star Per-Age Skroder had a pair of goals in the match for MODO.

Chelyabinsk 3 @ Kazan 2 (SO)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 16 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov extended his point scoring streak to three games by scoring the game's opening goal in Kazan's 3-2 shootout loss to Chelyabinsk. The forward played 14:25 in the match and also took a minor for roughing.

Dynamo Riga 4 @ Novokuznetsk 1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 9-6-15, -3, 30 PIM

Martins Karsums took a minor for boarding in 14:49 in Riga's 4-1 win over Novokuznetsk. Ex-NHLer Mark Hartigan had one goal and one assist in the match for Dynamo.

KHL Game Day: 12/1/10

Cherepovets 3 @ Omsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 34/35, 1.00 GAA, .971 sv%
Season totals: 17 GP, 8-9-0, 1 SO, 2.80 GAA, .912

The Cat is starting to roll. Vasily Koshechkin won his third straight start, stopping 34 shots in Cherepovets' 3-1 win over Omsk. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo took the loss for Omsk, stopping 25 of 28 shots faced.

European Game Day: 11/30/10

Sodertalje 2 @ Timra 5
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 20/24, 4.01 GAA, .833 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-7-0, 0 SO, 2.80 GAA, .889 sv%

Riku Helenius' winning streak was snapped at two games after he allowed 4 goals in Sodertalje's 5-2 loss the the Elitserien's fifth place club, Timra. With the loss, Sodertalje falls to last place in the league.

Dynamo Riga 2 @ Khabarovsk 1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 9-6-15, -3, 28 PIM

Martins Karsums was scoreless in 15:38 in Riga's 2-1 win over Khabarovsk. Ex-NHLer Mark Hartigan scored his 11th goal of the season in the match for Riga.

KHL Game Day: 11/29/10

Cherepovets 3 @ Astana 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 26/27, 1.00 GAA, .963 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 7-9-0, 1 SO, 2.91 GAA, .908 sv%

Here comes The Cat. Vasily Koshechkin stopped 26 shots for his second straight win in a 3-1 victory over Astana. Ex-Avs pick Sergei Soin had a helper in the match for Cherepovets.

KHL Game Day: 11/28/10

Dynamo Riga 3 @ Novosibirsk 2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 9-6-15, -3, 28 PIM

Martins Karsums scored the eventual power play game winner in Riga's 3-2 win over Novosibirsk. The forward also took a holding penalty in 15:51 of ice time. Blues first rounder Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 7th goal of the season in the match for Novosibirsk.

European Game Day: 11/27/10

Sodertalje 6 @ Farjestads 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 34/36, 2.00 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 11 GP, 2-6-0, 0 SO, 2.67 GAA, .895 sv%

Too little too late? Riku Helenius ran off his second straight win today as Sodertalje defeated Farjestads 6-2. Helenius has improved his GAA to 2.67 and is within percentage points of starter Pontus Sjogren in the save percentage department as he tries to re-claim the starting job for Sodertalje. Farjestads sits in third on the Elitserien table and Sodertalje, adding fuel to the question of whether Helenius deserves another shot to be the starter.

Kazan 5 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 14 PIM

Is Dmitri Kazionov finally hitting his stride. Kazionov had a helper for the second straight game and played 15:24 in Kazan's 5-1 blitzing of Ekaterinburg. Ex-Rangers farmhand Jarkko Immonen had a pair of goals in the win for Kazan.

KHL Game Day: 11/26/10

Cherepovets 3 @ St. Petersburg 2 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 38/40, 1.85 GAA, .950 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 6-9-0, 1 SO, 3.04 GAA, .905 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin got back on the horse today, stopping 38 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping all three shooters he faced for a 3-2 shootout win over Evgeny Nabokov and St. Petersburg. Cherepovets was outshot 40-22 in the match. Yuri Trubachev scored the shootout winner for Cherepovets.

KHL Game Day: 11/25/10

Kazan 3 @ Magnitogorsk 5
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-2-3, E, 14 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov assisted on a first period goal by defenseman Evgeny Medvedev and played 8:39 in Kazan's 5-3 loss to Magnitogorsk. Kazionov was also 33% on draws in the match. Former NHLer Stan Chistov had 2 goals and 3 points in the match for Magnitogorsk while ex-NHLer Enver Lisin also had 2 goals in the match for Metallurg.

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