European Leagues

KHL Game Day: 11-27

Chelyabinsk 1 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/31, 1.00 GAA, .968 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 11-13, 2 SO, 2.14 GAA, .919 sv%

Koshechkin's bid for his first shutout with Magnitogorsk was spoiled by a Pavel Boychenko goal with less than 5 minutes to go in the Third Period. Magnitogorsk is now 2 points behind Cherepovets for first place in the Eastern Conference of the KHL.

KHL Game Day: 11-26

Dynamo Minsk 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-5-7, -3, 20 PIM

Harju played 15:51 in the match and was 60% on draws. Harju's teammate Linus Omark, an Edmonoton Oilers prospect, scored his 10th goal of the season in the match. Former NHL defenseman Richard Lintner scored the winner for Minsk.

KHL Game Day: 11-25

Ekaterinburg 1 @ CSKA 4
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 4-3-7, -6, 8 PIM

Columbus prospect Nikita Filatov scored his 4th goal and 6th point in just 3 games since heading back to Russia for CSKA.

Magnitogorsk 5 @ Chekhov 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 22/25, 3.00 GAA, .880 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 10-13, 2 SO, 2.19 GAA, .917 sv%

Koshechkin got a goal and an assist from ex-Panthers prospect Toni Koivisto to help secure Koshechkin's first win in a Magnitogorsk jersey.

KHL Game Day: 11-24

Omsk 7 @ Khabarovsk 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 19/20, 1.00 GAA, .950 sv%
Season totals: 22 GP, 12-9, 2 SO, 1.95 GAA, .913 sv%

Ramo enjoyed the support of a 2 goal and 2 assist effort by Jaromir Jagr to capture his 12th win of the season. Ramo sits in second in the KHL in GAA. The Lightning's goaltending situation organization-wide is an embarassment of riches.

Togliatti 1 @ Kazan 2
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 7-1-8, -1, 12 PIM

Kazionov played 12:54 in the match and was 4-for-4 on faceoffs. Kazan superstar Alexei Morozov had 2 assists in the match to take him to 16 goals and 30 points in 25 games. He's currently 5th in the league in scoring and 2nd in goals.

KHL Game Day: 11-23

Ekaterinburg 0 @ Novgorod 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 4-3-7, -6, 8 PIM

Kazionov played 12:08 in the match, but was on the ice for Novgorod's third period winner.

Magnitogorsk 0 @ CSKA 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 9-13, 2 SO, 2.15 GAA, .918 sv%

Prized Columbus prospect Nikita Filatov had a pair of goals for CSKA in the match.

Dynamo Moscow 1 @ Spartak Moscow 4
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 2-5-7, -3, 18 PIM

Harju played 15:35 and was 58% on draws. His lifelong teammate Linus Omark assisted on Dynamo's only goal. Former Lightning center Martin Cibak had a goal in the match for Spartak, his 8th of the season.

KHL Game Day: 11-22

Nizhnekamsk 5 @ Kazan 3
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG

Kazionov played 11:16 in the match. Alexei Morozov had 1 goal and 1 assist for Kazan.

KHL Game Day: 11-20 and 11-21

November 20th

Yulaev 6 @ Omsk 5 (OT)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 30/36, 5.81 GAA, .833 sv%

Ramo's team fell in overtime despite a goal and an assist from Norwegian star Patrik Thoresen.

Kazan 4 @ Togliatti 1
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Kazionov played 10:48 in the match. The KHL's best player, Alexei Morozov, had a pair of assists in the match for Kazan.

November 21st

Ekaterinburg 8 @ Chekhov 3
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Kazionov scored his 4th goal of the season in a wild Ekaterinburg scoring fest. Eight separate goal scorers found the sheet for Kazionov's team.

Magnitogorsk 1 @ Novgorod 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 18/21, 3.00 GAA, .857 sv%

That was not the debut Koshechkin probably wanted.

KHK MVD 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 4
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG

Harju assisted on a late first period goal and was 78% on draws in 13:53.

KHL Game Day: 11-19

Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Yaroslavl 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 14 PIM

Harju played 15:53 in the match and was 61% on draws. Former NHLer Karel Rachunek had a pair of goals in the match for Dynamo.

KHL Game Day: 11-18

Astana 3 @ Omsk 2 (OT)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-8, 2 SO, 1.79 GAA, .918 sv%

Ramo watched from the bench as former NHL defenseman Kevin Dallman scored the overtime winner for Astana. The blueliner actually led Astana in scoring last year with a remarkable 28 goals and 58 points in 53 games.

Togliatti 0 @ Ekaterinburg 3
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 3-3-6, -5, 8 PIM

Kazionov scored his 3rd goal of the season to open the game's scoring. He played 9:22 in the match.

Kazan 3 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 7-1-8, -2, 10 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-12, 2 SO, 2.12 GAA, .921 sv%

It was a rare double Kazionov scoring day in the KHL as Dimitry scored to stake Kazan to a 2-0 lead. He played 13:29 in the match for Ak Bars.

Koshechkin Granted Free Agency, Signs With Magnitogorsk

Vasily Koshechkin has been granted a release from his contract with Lada Togliatti and has signed with Metallurg Magnitogorsk, according to sports-planet.ru and Togliatti's website. The Lada franchise, which has been cash strapped for the past three plus seasons, failed to make payroll for over two months, allowing several players to petition the league for free agency due to breach of contract. Koshechkin was granted his release and will now play for Magnitogorsk, which currently sits in second in the Eastern Conference and has the third best record in the KHL.

The 26 year old netminder was taken by the Lightning in the 8th round, 233rd overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Despite several overtures from the Lightning during Jay Feaster's time as GM, Koshechkin has remained in Russia for the duration of his career to this point, playing primarily with Togliatti with a short stint with Kazan. Standing at 6'6" tall, the mammoth netminder is recognized as one of Russia's finest goaltenders, having appeared in several Euro Tour events and the World Championships for his homeland. Koshechkin is also one of six netminders being considered for Russia's 2010 Olympic team.

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