European Leagues

KHL Game Day: 3-4-12

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(5)Cherepovets 4 @ (4) Mytischi 0
Series Tied 2-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, SO, 30/30, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 2-2-0, 1 SO, 0.967 GAA, .968 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 16-11-1, 6 SO, 2.37 GAA, .925 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin threw a 30 save shutout to help Cherepovets even their opening round series with Mytischi at 2-2. Ex-Lightning first rounder Nikita Alexeev had a pair of assists in the match for Cherepovets. Game Five is Tuesday.

Elsewhere, CSKA looks to be on the way out after a Maxim Afinogenov overtime goal broke a 1-1 tie dropped them into a 3-1 series hole. Nikita Kucherov did not appear in the match.

Out West, Chelyabinsk outlasted Khanty-Mansiysk 7-6 to take a 2-1 series lead. A complete box score has not been posted yet, but Nikita Nesterov was a scratch for Game 1 and Game 2. We also know Nesterov was not in the lineup for Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 4-3 OT loss to Riga Jr. in the MHL. We will update as more information becomes available.

European Game Day: 3-3-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Pelicans 6
Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 30/35, 5.07 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 19-8-1, 6 SO, 1.67 GAA, .935 sv%

Riku Helenius and JYP blew a 3-0 first period lead and fell 6-4 to Lahti. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had 2 goals and 1 assist in the comeback win for Pelicans. JYP faces HIFK next on Tuesday. JYP has 5 games left in their regular season.

KHL (Russia):
Western Conference Quarterfinals
(5)Cherepovets 2 @ (4) Mytischi 1 (OT)
Mytischi Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 34/35, 0.87 GAA, .971 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 1.27 GAA, .958 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 16-11-1, 6 SO, 2.37 GAA, .925 sv%

Ondrej Nemec scored 8:37 into overtime to lift Cherepovets to a 2-1 win over Mytischi in Game Three of their opening round series. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin finally got some payoff in the win column, now having allowed just 4 goals in the series' first 3 games. Game Four is Sunday.

Elsewhere, Denis Parshin's overtime goal lifted CSKA to a 3-2 win over St. Petersburg, cutting SKA's series lead to 3-2 over the former Red Army squad. Nikita Kucherov did not appear in the match for CSKA.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ Skelleftea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 15-9-24, +10, 16 PIM

Johan Harju scored the game's opening goal, but Lulea still fell 3-1 to Skelleftea. Second place Skelleftea no doubt got a moral victory from the win, but Lulea has already clinched the Elitserien regular season title. They'll play Vaxjo on Tuesday in the final match of the regular season.

European Game Day: 3-2-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
Ilves 3 @ JYP 4
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 29 GP, 19-7-1, 6 SO, 1.55 GAA, .939 sv%

Ex-Lightning draft pick Matias Sointu had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat in Ilves' 4-3 loss to JYP. Backup Joni Myllkoski got the call in net for JYP. Helenius will likely go tomorrow against Pelicans Lahti. 5 games remain in the SM-liiga regular season. JYP is tied for third in the league, 3 points behind Pelicans and 5 points back of KalPa.

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Russia):
Defenseman Nikita Nesterov has been scratched in the first two games of Chelyabinsk's opening round series against Khanty-Manisysk. The polar bears are tied 1-1 in the series after a 3-1 win on Thursday and a 5-2 loss today.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Nikita Kucherov was still out of the lineup for CSKA Jr.'s 4-3 OT win over Kazan Jr. They play Kirov-Chepetsk on Tuesday.

European Game Day: 3-1-12

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia):
(5)Cherepovets 1 @ (4) Mytischi 3
Mytischi Leads the Series 2-0

Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 32/34, 2.01 GAA, .941 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 1.51 GAA, .951 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 16-11-1, 6 SO, 2.37 GAA, .925 sv%

You have to feel for Vasily Koshechkin. The big netminder has a beautiful .951 save percentage, but Cherepovets has mustered just 1 goal in 2 games against former Blues draft pick Konstantin Barulin, putting Cherepovets in a 3-1 series hole to Mytischi. Game Three is Saturday.

Elsewhere, ex-Lightning pick Fedor Fedorov had a pair of goals in St. Petersburg's 7-1 dismantling of 8 seed CSKA to take a 2-0 opening round series lead. Nikita Kucherov did not appear for CSKA in the match.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ AIK 0 (OT)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 14-9-23, +9, 16 PIM

Elias Falth scored a power play goal 26 seconds into overtime to lead Lulea to a 1-0 win over AIK. With 2 games left in the regular season, the win puts Lulea 7 points up on second place Skelleftea and clinches the top spot for Lulea in the postseason. The two teams square off on Saturday.

Color me very impressed by Elitserien rookie goalie Johan Gustafsson of Lulea. He's currently forth in the league with a .930 save percentage and second in the league with a 1.77 GAA. He's also second in shutouts with 6, to boot, despite only having played 28 games. He was a 6th round pick of the Wild in 2010 and won Gold earlier this year at the U20 World Junior Championships.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-29-12

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia):
(4)Mytischi 1 @ (5)Cherepovets 0
Mytischi Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 26/27, 1.10 GAA, .963 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 1.10 GAA, .963 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 16-11-1, 6 SO, 2.37 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev scored with just 38 seconds left in regulation to help Mytischi defeat Cherepovets 1-0 in Game One of their opening round series. Ex-Lightning prospect Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in 17:36 in the match for Mytischi. Game Two is scheduled for Tuesday.

Elsewhere, the East's top seed, St. Petersburg, clubbed CSKA in Game One of their opening round series. Nikita Kucherov did not play for CSKA. Kucherov also did not appear in CSKA Jr.'s 3-0 win over Novgorod Jr.

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