European Leagues

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-3-10

Eastern Conference Finals
(1)Yulaev 1 @ (3)Kazan 2 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 2-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 3-1-4, +5, 8 PIM

Hannes Hyvonen scored 4:23 into overtime to lift Kazan to a 2-1 Game Two victory over top seed Yulaev and a 2-0 series lead in the KHL Eastern Conference Finals. Yulaev needed a goal with 15 seconds left in regulation by Valdimir Antipov just to force overtime, but their celebration was short lived. Kazan's other goal came from ex-Thrashers draft pick Ilya Nikulin. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 20:36 in the match and took a first period minor penalty for high sticking.

Game Three between Yulaev and Kazan is Monday. Tomorrow is Game Three in the Western Conference between KHK MVD and Yaroslavl with that series deadlocked at 1-1.

Kval till Elitserien Game Day: 3-29-10

Kval till Elitserien
Sodertalje 7 @ Vaxjo 4
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 29/33, 4.00 GAA, .879 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 5-0-0, 1 SO, 2.00 GAA, .926 sv%

At the halfway point of Sweden's promotion/relegation series, Riku Helenius remains an undefeated 5-0-0 despite allowing 4 goals today to Vaxjo Lakers. Helenius has a 7 game personal winning streak extending all the way back into the Elitserien regular season. His last loss was on March 4th against Frolunda and former Lightning netminder and Bolt Prospects alumni Johan Holmqvist. Ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll led the scoring for Sodertalje with 2 goals and 3 assists in the match.

Sodertalje's next game is on Friday in a rematch against Vaxjo. The club is in first place on the Kval till Elitserien table with an 8 point lead on 3rd place AIK. The top two teams earn their spot in the Elitserien for next season, and wins in Sweden count for 3 points in the standings.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-28-10

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(3)Kazan 3 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 1
Kazan Wins the Series 4-2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 6 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 23/26, 3.00 GAA, .885 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 5-4, 1 SO, 2.02 GAA, .930 sv%

Happy trails to Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk. Alexei Badyukov had a pair of goals in Kazan's 3-1 Game Six victory to eliminate Metallurg from the Eastern Conference Semifinal series. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 17:06 in the match and took a second period minor for slashing. The Lightning are reportedly interested in signing Koshechkin, whose season is now complete.

Kazionov and Kazan advances to face top seeded Yulaev in the Eastern Conference Finals after Yulaev defeated Nizhnekamsk 2-1 today to seal a six game semifinal series victory. In the Western Conference, KHK MVD will face Yaroslavl.

Kval till Elitserien Game Day: 3-27-10

Kval till Elitserien
Almtuna 1 @ Sodertalje 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 22/23, 1.00 GAA, .957 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Kval till Elitserien totals: 4 GP, 4-0-0, 1 SO, 1.50 GAA, .941 sv%

Things continue to run as smooth as silk for Sodertalje in Sweden's promotion/relegation tournament. The club got a pair of goals today from defenseman and ex-Panthers draft pick Topi Jaakola en route to a 3-1 win over Allsvenskan side Almtuna. Sodertalje leads the series by five points over the other Elitserien team in the series, Rogle, and by six points over the third place side, Leksands. The top two teams in the six game series with the most points after the ten game series is complete will earn their spots in the Elitserien next season. So, with another couple of wins, Helenius and Sodertalje should be close to clinching. As a reminder: wins count for three points in the standings in Sweden.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-26-10

Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Magnitogorsk 1 @ (3)Kazan 3
Kazan Leads the Series 3-2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 21/24, 4.50 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 5-3, 1 SO, 1.90 GAA, .935 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin was chased after 40 minutes as Kazan seized a 3-2 series lead over Magnitogorsk by defeating Metallurg 3-1. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 17:31 in the match. Jarkko Immonen had 1 goal and 2 assists in the match for Kazan. Game Six is on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Yulaev defeated Nizhnekamsk 2-1 in overtime to take a 3-2 Eastern Conference Semifinal lead in their series. Tomorrow, Yaroslavl will attempt to close out Spartak Moscow in Game Six of their Western Conference Semifinal series.

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