European Leagues

Elitserien Game Day: 2/22/11

Skelleftea 4 @ Sodertalje 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%

Former NHLer Joakim Lindstrom scored a third period power play goal for Skelleftea to break a 3-3 tie and send Sodertalje to a 4-3 defeat. Former Blues first rounder David Rundblad had 3 assists in the game for Skelleftea. Sodertalje dropped to 12th in the 12 team Elitserien in the loss and is now 5 points out of a playoff spot and 1 point removed from avoiding the promotion/relegation round with 5 games remaining in the regular season.

KHL Game Day: 2/20/11

Cherepvets 6 @ Nizhnekamsk 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 28/31, 3.01 GAA, .903 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 18-14-0, 2 SO, 2.92 GAA, .906 sv%

Josef Straka had 1 goal and 1 assist in Cherepovets' 6-3 win over Nizhnekamsk. Cherepovets will now face Mytischi in the opening round of the KHL playoffs. Cherepovets is the West's 5th seed.

St. Petersburg 4 @ Kazan 3 (SO)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 32 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 14:58 in Kazan's 4-3 shootout loss to SKA. The forward also failed to convert on 1 shootout attempt. Former Lightning prospect Anton But had a helper in the match for SKA.

Kazan, the East's 2nd seed, will face Astana in the opening round of the playoffs.

Dynamo Riga 6 @ Chelyabinsk 2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 17-15-32, -3, 46 PIM

Martins Karsums had a penalty shot goal and 2 helpers in 12:14 in Riga's 6-2 win over Chelyabinsk. Ex-Lightning forward Dimitry Afanasenkov had a power play goal in the match for Chelyabinsk.

7th seed Riga faces St. Petersburg first in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

Elitserien Game Day: 2/19/11

Sodertalje 2 @ Farjestads 6
Riku Helenius, Sodtertalje, Loss, 6.00 GAA
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%

Riku Helenius entered the game after one period, spelling starter Ponyus Sjogren, and allowed 4 goals the rest of the way to take the back door loss as Sodertalje fell to Farjestads 6-2. Sodertalje Is now 5 points out of a playoff spot and fell to 11th in the standings, meaning they would have to play in the relegation round.

KHL Game Day: 2/18/11

Cherepovets 10 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 31 GP, 17-14-0, 2 SO, 2.92 GAA, .906 sv%

That's not a typo. Ex-Lightning forward Martin Cibak had a pair of goals, his 9th and 10th of the season, to help Cherepovets embarass Ekaterinurg 10-1. Backup Rostislav Stana was in net for Severstal. Cherepovets currently sits in 5th in the KHL Western Conference.

Spartak Moscow 1 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 43 GP, 2-4-6, +5, 30 PIM

Ex-NHLer Alexei Morozov had a pair of goals to lead Kazan to a 4-1 win over Spartak Moscow. As a division leader, Kazan currently holds 2nd place in the KHL's Eastern Conference.

Dynamo Riga 3 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 16-13-29, -5, 46 PIM

Martins Karsums was scoreless in 15:37 of ice time in Riga's 3-1 win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-Lightning blueliner Janne Niskala assisted on Magnitogorsk's only goal. Riga is currently 7th in the KHL's Western Conference.

The final games of the regular season in the KHL will take place on Sunday.

Elitserien Game Day: 2/17/11

Sodertalje 0 @ Lulea 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-10-0, 0 SO, 2.89 GAA, .890 sv%

New York Islanders prospect Anders Nilsson stopped 25 shots to shutout Sodertalje 3-0. Sodertalje slipped 5 points out of a playoff spot with the loss and have a slim 2 point lead on 11th and 12th place MODO and Frolunda in the team's quest to avoid the Kval till Elitserien promotion/relegation stage. There are 7 games remaining in the Elitserien regular season.

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