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St. Petersburg 3 @ Togliatti 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Loss, 20/23, 3.00 GAA, .870 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-5, 1 SO, 2.54 GAA, .910 sv%
This I know for sure: it's close to impossible for a goaltender to win a hockey game if his club can't manage a single goal for him. St. Petersburg benefitted from a goal from former Lightning prospect Anton But and a pair of assists by former Lightning forward Nils Ekman.
Omsk 5 @ Novosibirsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 14/17, 3.00 GAA, .824 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 7-5, 0 SO, 2.08 GAA, .900 sv%
On the flip side: it's difficult for a goaltender to lose when he gets five goals worth of support.
Ekaterinburg 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-2-3, -4, 2 PIM
So much for the floodgates opening up for Harju. He was 56% on draws in 16:59 of ice time. Meanwhile, at the other end of the rink, Kazionov saw limited ice time of 7:37.
Mytischi 4 @ Kazan 3
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-0-2, -5, 10 PIM
The elder Kazionov scored Kazan's second goal in a third period rally that fell just short. Kazionov got a robust 19:07 of ice time in the match, but his line's efforts weren't enough to overcome a pair of goals by former NHLer Jan Bulis.
Ekaterinburg 4 @ Riga 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Ekaterinburg crawled out of the basement in their conference with the win. Coincidentally, it's Kazionov's old club, Khabarovsk, that is now in the cellar. Kazionov played 11:11 in the match.
Chelyabinsk 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 4
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 2 PIM
Finally! The Lightning's prized Swedish sniper scored his first goal in the Russian league by tallying Dynamo's opening goal of the match. He finished with 18:18 of ice time and was 33% on draws. Will the floodgates now open?
Cherepovets 3 @ Kazan 1
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-0-1, -6, 10 PIM
Kazionov played 13:32 in the match.
Mytischi 1 @ Togliatti 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Season totals: 4-4, 1 SO, 2.49 GAA, .914 sv%
Koshechkin seems to be re-establishing himself as perhaps the premiere goaltender in all of Russia, following up a shutout with a masterful effort against Mytischi. One can only wonder what might have been if Koshechkin had ever consented to cross the pond to come to Tampa Bay.
Omsk 6 @ Astana 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 15/18, 3.00 GAA, .833 sv%
Season totals: 6-5, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .905 sv%
Ramo improved his record to over the .500 mark despite a statistically subpar effort. It helps when former NHL superstar Jaromir Jagr scores a hat trick for you and when he assists on a goal by former Lightning player Eric Perrin too. Omsk now sits in fourth in their conference.
Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Dynamo Riga 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 2 PIM
Harju was 55% on draws in 13:46 for Moscow in the battle of the Dynamos. Harju's lifelong teammate, Linus Omark, had 1 goal and 1 assist in the match and now has 4 goals and 7 points on the season.
Ekaterinburg 2 @ Magnitogorsk 4
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
The younger Kazionov played just 9:53 in the match against a high powered Magnitogorsk club that currently sits atop its conference in the KHL standings.
Togliatti 4 @ Novgorod 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 16/16, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA. 1.00 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-4, 1 SO, 2.69 GAA, .907 sv%
Koshechkin had his first shutout of the season in Togliatti's win. He posted 8 shutouts a season ago with Lada.
Kazan 2 @ Chekhov 1
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-0-1, -5, 8 PIM
Kazionov received 13:49 in ice time in the match.
Yaroslavl 2 @ Omsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 23/25, 2.00 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-5, 0 SO, 1.90 GAA, .911 sv%
Ramo also had 2 penalty minutes in the match.
Dynamo Moscow 1 @ St. Petersburg 5
LW/C Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 0 PIM
Harju is now 11 games into his first season in Russia, and he has yet to score a goal. Harju played 14:59 against St. Petersburg and was 68% on draws to move his season mark to 61% on faceoffs. Former Lightning prospect Anton But had 1 goal and 1 assist in the match for SKA.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in 12:55 as Ekaterinburg knocked off Novokuznetsk 2-1 in the shootout.
V. Koshechkin got the day off as Togliatti fell 6-5 to Chekhov on penalty shots.
Dmitri Kazionov had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 10:46 as Kazan was shut out by CSKA 3-0.
Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 19 shots for the loss as Omsk fell to KHK MVD 3-2. Former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov scored his first goal of the season for Omsk in the match. Ramo is now 4-5 with a 1.89 GAA and .910 save percentage.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in 4:43 as Ekaterinburg defeated Novosibirsk 3-1.
Vasily Koshechkin allowed 4 goals in 26 shots as Togliatti fell to CSKA 4-2.
Dimitry Kazionov had 2 penalty minutes in 11:52 as Kazan beat Novgorod 3-1.
Karri Ramo allowed 1 goal on 22 shots as Omsk knocked off Spartak Moscow 2-1.