European Leagues

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-10-10

Western Conference
(1)St. Petersburg 0 @ (8)Riga 2
Riga Leads the Series 1-0
Martins Karsums, Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +7, 16 PIM
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Martin Kariya had a goal in Riga's 2-0 shutout victory over top seeded St. Petersburg in Game One of their opening round playoff series. Lightning prospect Martins Karsums played 18:28 in the match for Riga.

(3)Dynamo Moscow 3 @ (6)Spartak Moscow 4 (OT)
Spartak Leads the Series 1-0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 1-0-1, -1, 8 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 8 PIM

Johan Harju scored a goal in his KHL playoff debut, but it was not enough as Kirill Knayzev scored the overtime winner to lift Spartak to a 1-0 series lead in the opening round of the KHL playoffs. Harju also had minor penalties for tripping, roughing, hooking, and interference and was 60% on the 25 draws he took in the match.

Elitserien Game Day: 3-9-10

Lulea 3 @ Sodertalje 0
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-2-2, 0 SO, 2.68 GAA, .914 sv%

Helenius sat backup to Pontus Sjogren for the second straight game as Sodertalje was blanked by Johan Harju's former team, Lulea.

Signing Season is Coming

The KHL's regular season came to a close Sunday, the NCAA is in the midst of its conference playoffs, and Canadian junior regular seasons will be closing next weekend. So, it's getting close to signing season, and I figured I'd post a little on the blog about some of the players who will potentially be joining the organization in the coming weeks and months. Before I do, though, I wanted to quickly address the new ownership situation.

KHL Game Day: 3-7-10

The final day of the KHL regular season...

Astana 5 @ Dynamo Moscow 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM

Harju played 8:51 in the match and was 50% on draws. Former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl scored his 26th goal of the season in the match for Dynamo. Dynamo is the 3rd seed in the KHL Western Conference. They draw 6th seed Spartak Moscow in round one of the playoffs.

Omsk 2 @ Dynamo Minsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 17/20, 3.03 GAA, .850 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 21-17-4, 4 SO, 2.11 GAA, .913 sv%

Ramo and Omsk have yet to win a game since the Olympic Break. Omsk is the 5th seed in the KHL Eastern Conference and will draw 4th seed Nizhnekamsk in the opening round of the playoffs.

Yulaev 6 @ Dynamo Riga 4
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +7, 16 PIM

Karsums played 17:27 in the match for Riga. Marcel Hossa scored his 35th goal of the season in the match for Riga. Riga is the 8th seed in the KHL's Western Conference and draws top seed St. Petersburg to start the playoffs.

St. Petersburg 1 @ Ekaterinburg 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 20 PIM

Kazionov played 16:21 in the match for Ekateriburg. Former NHLer Alexei Yashin had St. Petersburg's only goal. Ekaterinburg defied tremendous odds to squeak past Novosibirsk by 1 point to claim the 8th and final playoff seed in the KHL's Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, that means they get juggernaut Yulaev in the first round. Good luck with that.

Mytischi 4 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 23/27, 4.45 GAA, .852 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%

Koshechkin was lifted in the third period for backup Dimitry Voloshin. Former Lightning prospects Alexei Glukhov and Vadim Epanchintsev each had helpers in the match for Mytischi. Magnitogorsk is the 2nd seed in the KHL Eastern Conference and will face 7th seed Chelyabinsk in round one.

Yaroslavl 4 @ Kazan 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM

Kazionov played 15:22 in the match. Former NHLer Josef Vasicek had his 21st goal of the season in the match for Yaroslavl. Kazan gets the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference and draws 6th seed Astana in round one.

All Lightning prospects in Russia are on clubs that made the postseason. The playoffs begin March 11th.

Keep an eye on Harju, Koshechkin, and Ramo. All three may be targets to be signed by the Lightning once their seasons conclude.

Elitserien Game Day: 3-6-10

Sodertalje 2 @ Skelleftea 7
Riku Helenius, Sodetalje, DNP
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-2-2, 0 SO, 2.68 GAA, .914 sv%

Helenius must be relieved he avoided the bombing suffered by starter Pontus Sjogren in the match. Both teams managed 29 shots on goal, but the save percentages weren't.

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