Dynamo Moscow 1 @ Novokuznetsk 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 10 PIM
A scoring change awarded Harju his second goal of the season in Dynamo's last game against Khabarovsk, breaking Harju out of a slump, but he was again scoreless today against Novokuznetsk. Harju played 15:05 and was 46% on draws. Former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl had Dynamo's only goal, and now has 11 goals on the season, which is tied for tops in the league.
Omsk 3 @ Novgorod 0
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 25/25, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 10-6, 2 SO, 1.86 GAA, .913 sv%
That's back-to-back shutouts for Karri Ramo, who now is second in the KHL in wins behind only Ilya Proskuryakov of Magnitogorsk, who has 14. He's now tied for third in the league in shutouts along with fellow Lightning property Vasily Koshechkin, and third in GAA. Omsk got a goal and an assist from former NHLer Anton Babchuk in the match.
Togliatti 3 @ Chelyabinsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 14/16, 2.00 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 14 GP, 7-7, 2 SO, 2.20 GAA, .920 sv%
It's been a long haul, but Koshechkin has managed to even his record at .500 for the season. Togliatti has been the beneficiary, creeping up to 6th in the standings in their conference with today's win.
Kazan 4 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 6 PIM
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-1-5, -4, 10 PIM
Little brother Denis won the battle on the scoresheet, assisting on Ekaterinburg's only goal, but older brother Dimitry's team Kazan won the war. Denis played 12:24 in the match while Dimitry had 14:07 in ice time. Kazan was led by former NHLer Alexei Morozov, who had 2 goals and an assist in the match.
Dynamo Moscow 6 @ Khabarovsk 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-2-3, -5, 8 PIM
Harju has had 11 shots in the past two games, but still can't seem to buy a goal. His lifelong teammate Linus Omark, however, had 2 goals in the match. Dynamo also got a pair of goals from former NHLer Vitali Yachmenev as well.
Omsk 1 @ CSKA 0
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 29/29, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 9-6, 1 SO, 1.99 GAA, .906 sv%
Ramo pitched the first shutout of his young KHL career, stopping all 29 shots he faced in a razor thin 1-0 victory. Former NHLer Anton Babchuk scored the lone goal of the entire match.
Togliatti 5 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 6-7, 2 SO, 2.22 GAA, .922 sv%
Togliatti and Koshechkin continue to ride the roller coaster this season. Today, Lada managed to knock off first place Magnitogorsk. Former NHL first rounder Stan Chistov had the only goal of the match for Magnitogorsk.
Kazan 3 @ Chelyabinsk 2 (OT)
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 4-1-5, -4, 10 PIM
Kazionov got back on track, notching his 4th goal of the season in 12:01 of ice time. Former NHLer, and arguably the best player in the KHL, Alexei Morozov scored the overtime winner for Kazan.
Nizhnekamsk 7 @ Ekaterinburg 6
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-1-2, -3, 6 PIM
Ekaterinburg's freshman kicker must have missed the extra point. The younger Kazionov played 8:11 in the match, and assisted on Alexander Streltsov's first goal of the season.
Dynamo Moscow 3 @ Novosibirsk 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-2-3, -5, 6 PIM
Harju's miserable first half continued with another scoreless day at the rink. Harju played 15:04 in the match and was 69% on draws, but the scoresheet still eluded him, despite 5 shots on goal. Former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl had the winning goal in the match for Dynamo.
Togliatti 2 @ Ekaterinburg 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 32/32, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-7, 2 SO, 2.32 GAA, .920 sv%
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 6 PIM
Vasily Koshechkin got back on track in a big way with his second shutout of the season against Ekaterinburg, which has dropped back into the cellar of its conference. Denis Kazionov took a 4 minute high sticking double minor in the contest and played 11:46 in the match.
Kazan 1 @ Magnitogorsk 3
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-1-4, -4, 10 PIM
Magnitogorsk managed to cool off the elder Kazionov, who has been hot of late, holding him to just 1 shot on goal in 12:27 of ice time. Kazan is clinging to a disappointing 8th place in their conference thus far. Former Lightning prospect Fedor Fedorov had an assist in the contest and older brother Sergei also had a goal for Magnitogorsk.
Novokuznetsk 1 @ Omsk 5
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 14 GP, 8-6, 0 SO, 2.13 GAA, .897 sv%
Ramo got his first night off of the season as Jaromir Jagr and Alex Svitov scored in Omsk's win.
Novosibirsk 5 @ Omsk 4 (SO)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 19/23, 3.69 GAA, .826 sv%
Season totals: 14 GP, 8-6, 0 SO, 2.20 GAA, .893 sv%
Ramo's winning streak came to a grinding halt as he allowed 2 of 3 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session. Former Lightning first round Alex Svitov scored his second goal of the season in the match for Omsk.
Dynamo Moscow 4 @ St. Petersburg 3
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 2 PIM
Harju had a season high 8 shots on goal for Dynamo and was 50% on draws, but could not find the scoresheet. His lifelong teammate Linus Omark did, however, manage to score his 6th goal of the season in the match.
One of the worst games I've ever seen the Lightning play.
Mike Smith allowed 7 goals on 35 shots including two very soft goals. Wonder if Rick Tocchet regrets not playing Nittymaki, not that it would've mattered all that much.
OTT 4:25, Kovalev 2 (Alfredsson)
OTT 10:22, Michalek 2 (Ruutu)(SH)
OTT 5:41, Michalek 3 (Alfredsson, Volchenkov)(SH)
OTT 6:15, Picard 1 (Ruutu, Kelly)
OTT 10:59, Foligno 1 (Phillips, Volchenkov)
TB 14:26, Malone 6 (St. Louis, Stamkos)
OTT 11:39, Michalek 4 (Spezza, Alfredsson)(PP)
OTT 17:01, Ruutu 2 (Kelly, Karlsson)
The Lightning were outshot 35-17 in the game. They dominated the first 4 minutes of the game, then one bad clear ended up in the back of their net, and they crumbled. It was a lot like the opener against Atlanta.
Steve Downie was -1 with 11 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 12:10. His line were the only three members of the Lightning that showed fight tonight.
Drew Miller had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 15:36.
Zenon Konopka was -1 with 17 penalty minutes in 8:30.
James Wright had 1 hit in 14:58.
Victor Hedman was -2 with 1 shot in 20:52. He drew iron on the backhand on one rush, but that was the extent of the good news for Victor.
Ekaterinburg 1 @ Kazan 3
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-1-4, -3, 10 PIM
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 2 PIM
In the battle of the Kazionov brothers, it was the elder who came out on top on the scoreboard and the scoresheet. Older brother Dimitry stayed hot by scoring his third goal of the season in 19:12 of ice time, which was tops among Kazan forwards. Younger brother Denis played 13:43 in the match.
Chelyabinsk 3 @ Togliatti 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Loss, 26/29, 3.02 GAA, .897 sv%
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-7, 1 SO, 2.52 GAA, .912 sv%
Koshechkin and Togliatti are on a losing streak, and Koshechkin even drew a 2 minute minor in today's match. Togliatti now sits in ninth in its conference.