European Leagues

LG Hockey Games Results: 4-29-10 to 5-2-10

Finland won the final leg of the annual Euro Tour, the LG Games, on goal differential over the Czech Republic. Lightning prospects Vasily Koshechkin and Johan Harju participated for Russia and Sweden, respectively, as did current Lightning player Victor Hedman for the Swedes. In addition, ex-Lightning player Evgeni Artyukhin played for Russia while ex-Lightning prospect Marek Kvapil played for the Czech Republic. The tournament is a tune-up for the upcoming World Championships.

4-29-10
Finland 5 @ Russia 4 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP

Potential 2010 first round pick Mikael Granlund scored the shootout winning goal in Finland's 5-4 victory over Russia. Former Lightning forward Evgeni Artyukhin had a goal in the match for the Russians, with one assist going to another former Lightning forward, Alex Svitov. Former Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala also had a power play assist in the match for the Finns.

Czech Republic 2 @ Sweden 1 (SO)
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, 2 PIM

Jakub Klepis was the only shooter to convert in the shootout session, lifting the Czech Republic to a 2-1 win over Sweden. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman had Sweden's only goal in the match.

5-1-10
Sweden 2 @ Russia 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 34/36, 2.00 GAA, .944 sv%

Johan Harju, Sweden, 1-0-1, 0 PIM

Despite a goal from Lightning prospect Johan Harju, Sweden fell hard to Russia 4-2 in the second match of the LG Games. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman took a late minor for holding in the match.

5-2-10
Russia 2 @ Czech Republic 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP

Ex-Lightning prospect Marek Kvapil assisted on a second period goal by Petr Koukal in the Czech Republic's 4-2 win over Russia.

Sweden 3 @ Finland 2
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-1-1, 0 PIM

Lightning prospect Johan Harju assisted on Niklas Persson's shorthanded game winning goal in Sweden's 3-2 win over archrival Finland.

Harju finished second among the Swedes in scoring with 1 goal and 2 points in 3 games with a +3 rating and 4 penalty minutes. Victor Hedman, for his part, had 1 goal in 3 games and a +2 rating with 2 penalty minutes. On Team Russia, Vasily Koshechkin was 1-0-0, with a 2.00 GAA and .944 sv% in his only appearance.

Ex-Lightning forward Evgeni Artyukhin had 1 goal in 3 games but was -2 with 4 penalty minutes. Former first-rounder Alex Svitov had 1 assist and was also -2 with 2 penalty minutes. Former Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala had a helper in 3 games and a +2 rating. Ex-Lightning prospect Marek Kvapil had a helper in 2 games and a +2 rating.

Among potential 2010 first round picks, Finland's Mikael Granlund had 1 goal and 2 points and was -1 in 3 games. Russia's Vladimir Tarasenko was scoreless and -1 in 3 games.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-27-10

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(2)KHK MVD 0 @ (3)Kazan 2
Kazan Wins the Series 4-3
Kazan Wins the KHL Gagarin Cup Championship
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 22 GP, 3-4-7, +8, 12 PIM

Finnish netminder Petri Vehanen pitched a 30 save shutout in the biggest game of the year to lead Kazan to a 2-0 Game Seven win over KHK MVD and the 2010 KHL Gagarin Cup Championship. Kazan's game winning goal was scored 1:18 into the second period by former Lightning first round pick Nikita Alexeev. Later in the period, former NHLer Niko Kapanen scored the insurance marker for Ak Bars off an assist by Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov, who played 17:34 in the match. Kazionov had a helper in each of the last three games of the Gagarin Cup Finals. Kazan outscored KHK MVD 9-1 in the final two games of the series to overcome a 3-2 series deficit.

With Kazionov and Kazan's victory, the season has come to a close for the Lightning's European prospects. Bolt Prospects extends its thanks to our readers for this, our fifth season of prospect coverage.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-25-10

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(3)Kazan 7 @ (2)KHK MVD 1
The Series is Tied 3-3
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 21 GP, 3-3-6, +7, 12 PIM

The 2010 KHL Gagarin Cup Finals will go the distance after Kazan blew out KHK MVD 7-1 on KHK MVD's home ice in Game Six. Kazan got goals from 7 different players in the match, including ex-Lightning first round pick Nikita Alexeev who scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs and added a helper, as well. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov assisted on a late first period goal by Grigori Panin and played 13:30 in the match. Kazan's blowout win came despite not having the services of star forward Alexei Morozov for a third straight game.

Game Seven, for all the marbles, will occur on Tuesday in Kazan.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-23-10

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(2)KHK MVD 3 @ (3)Kazan 2
KHK MVD Leads the Series 3-2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 20 GP, 3-2-5, +6, 12 PIM

Kazan is on the brink of elimination. Ex-Panthers draft pick Roman Derlyuk scored a goal 6:07 into the third period of Game Five to break a 2-2 tie and deliver KHK MVD to a 3-2 win and to within 1 win of a Gagarin Cup championship. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov assisted on ex-Canadiens draft pick Alexei Yemelin's second period goal to temporarily tie the game at 2-2 and played 14:42 in the match. Kazan has played without the services of star forward Alexei Morozov in the last two games, both losses, which has forced Kazionov to move to center where he was 77% on draws in Game Four and 46% on draws in Game Five.

Game Six is slated for Sunday with Kazan trying to stave off elimination on the road.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-20-10

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(3)Kazan 1 @ (2)KHK MVD 2
Series Tied 2-2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 19 GP, 3-1-4, +5, 12 PIM

Former Thrashers draft pick Yuri Dobryshkin scored the game winning goal for KHK MVD 5:53 into the third period in Game Four, lifting his club to a 2-1 win and a 2-2 series tie with Ak Bars Kazan. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 13:38 in the match and was on the ice for Kazan's lone goal.

The Gagarin Cup Final has been a homer series thus far, with each club winning its two home games. The scene shifts back to Kazan for a critical Game Five matchup on Friday.

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