European Leagues

Lightning Reassign Karsums to KHL

Tampa Bay - The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned prospect right wing Martins Karsums to HC MVD Balashikha of the Kontinental Hockey League today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. Karsums has played 36 games for the Norfolk Admirals this season, scoring 4 goals and adding 12 assists.

Despite speculation that prospect goaltender Dustin Tokarski will be recalled to Tampa today to back up Antero Niittymaki in tonight's match against the Florida Panthers, no official word of the recall has yet to be announced.

KHL Game Day: 1-13-10

Omsk 4 @ Novosibirsk 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 23/25, 2.00 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-14, 3 SO, 2.05 GAA, .913 sv%

Omsk got 2 goals and 1 assist from former NHL superstar Jaromir Jagr and 1 goal and 1 assist from former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov in their 4-2 win over Novosibirsk. Omsk leapfrogged Kazan into fourth place in the KHL's Eastern Conference with the win.

KHL Game Day: 1-12-10

Kazan 1 @ Ekaterinburg 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 4-3-7, -15, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 15-5-20, +5, 12 PIM

It was brother against brother in Kazan, as Ekateriburg and the younger Kazionov sibling, Denis, knocked off Kazan 2-1 to move with 2 points of the final playoff spot in the KHL Eastern Conference. Denis played 10:59 in the contest while big brother Dmitri got 15:31 for Ak Bars.

Nizhnekamsk 3 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 26/28, 2.04 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 19-16, 6 SO, 2.01 GAA, .925 sv%

Nizhnekamsk got 2 goals from Evgeny Lapenkov to help give Vasily Koshechkin his 16th loss of the season for Magnitogorsk. It should be noted that out of Vasily's 16 losses, 7 have come after regulation.

KHL Game Day: 1-11-10

Omsk 3 @ Yulaev 2 (OT)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 27/29, 1.93 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 33 GP, 18-14, 3 SO, 2.05 GAA, .912 sv%

Omsk got 2 goals and 1 assist from former NHLer Timofei Shishkanov, including the overtime winner. Avangard also got a goal from former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov. Yulaev is currently in second place in the KHL Eastern Conference.

KHL Game Day: 1-9-10

Spartak Moscow 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 3-11-14, -6, 28 PIM

Harju keeps steadily increasing his assist totals over the last month, as he had a helper today in 14:22 of ice time. Harju was also 33% on draws in the game. Former Flyers prospect Stefan Ruzicka scored the shootout winner for Spartak.

Note:
The game between Chekhov and Karri Ramo and Omsk that was scheduled for today was postponed.

Update:
The Chekhov/Omsk game was suspended due to an ugly string of brawls that led to 19, yes 19, ejections.

KHL Game Day: 1-8-10

Ekaterinburg 2 @ Nizhnekamsk 1 (SO)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 4-3-7, -15, 12 PIM

Kazionov played an even 8:00 in the match. Ekaterinburg's win was an upset as Nizhnekamsk sits in third in the East while Ekateriburg is 5 points behind Togliatti for the 8th and final playoff spot in the conference.

Magnitogorsk 6 @ Togliatti 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 21/21, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 37 GP, 19-15, 6 SO, 2.00 GAA, .925 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin finally played against his old club after sitting in previous contests against Lada, and he helped dismantle them by pitching a shutout in a 6-0 victory. The shutout is Koshechkin's league leading 6th of the season. The big netminder posted 8 shutouts last year in a Togliatti jersey. Magnitogorsk was led offensively by 2 goals and 1 assist by forward Jan Marek.

Chelyabinsk 2 @ Kazan 5
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 15-5-20, +5, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov's 15th goal of the season was the 20th point of his campaign, which matches his season total in points for all 55 games he played last season. He played 12:07 in today's match and his goal was an unassisted marker. Kazan was led offensively by 2 goals and 1 assist from long-time Kazan star Denis Zaripov.

KHL Game Day: 1-7-10

Novosibirsk 1 @ Dynamo Moscow 4
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 3-10-13, -9, 28 PIM

Harju played 16:15 in the match and got his 10th assist of the season, but was just 17% on draws in the win. Swedish Olympian Mattias Weinhandl again led the Dynamo attack with 1 goal and 1 assist.

Novgorod 1 @ Omsk 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 17-14, 3 SO, 2.06 GAA, .912 sv%

Ramo got a goal by former Lightning player Eric Perrin and an assist from former Lightning first round pick Alex Svitov as Omsk knocked off Novgorod 2-1.

KHL Game Day: 1-6-10

Magnitogorsk 3 @ Kazan 2 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 27/29, 1.85 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 36 GP, 18-15, 5 SO, 2.06 GAA, .923 sv%

Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 14-5-19, +3, 12 PIM

Kazionov assisted on a second period goal by Janne Pesonen for Ak Bars, but Kazan still fell to Magnitogorsk on the strength of 1 goal and 1 assist from former Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov. Kazionov played 16:11 in the match for Kazan.

Ekaterinburg 1 @ Togliatti 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 4-3-7, -15, 12 PIM

The tough KHL education of Denis Kazionov continues, as he was -1 in 11:33 to drop his season plus-minus to -15.

KHL Game Day: 1-5-10

Novokuznetsk 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 4
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 3-9-12, -9, 28 PIM

Harju was limited to just 5 shifts and 4:07 of ice time. Dynamo was led to victory by 2 goals and 1 assist from Swedish Olympian Mattias Weinhandl.

CSKA 3 @ Omsk 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 10/13, 3.00 GAA, .769 sv%
Season totals: 31 GP, 16-14, 3 SO, 2.09 GAA, .910 sv%

Omsk fell to defeat despite outshooting CSKA by a spread of 29 to 13. Former NHLer Anton Babchuk had Omsk's only goal.

KHL Game Day: 1-4-10

Ekaterinburg 3 @ Kazan 2 (SO)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 4-3-7, -14, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 14-4-18, +2, 12 PIM

It was Kazionov brother versus Kazionov brother, as the younger son's team, Ekaterinburg, defeated big brother and Kazan 3-2 in the shootout. Denis played 9:23 in the match while Dmitri got 14:07 of ice time. Kazan got a very late goal from Alexei Morozov with 19 seconds to go in regulation, but failed to talley in the penalty shot session.

Magnitogorsk 2 @ Nizhnekamsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 35 GP, 17-15, 5 SO, 2.07 GAA, .923 sv%

Former Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov assisted on Tomas Rolinek's third period, game winning goal for Magnitogorsk.

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