European Leagues

KHL Game Day: 12-7-09

Ekaterinburg 4 @ Yulaev 3
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 4-3-7, -10, 10 PIM

Ekaterinburg got a pair of goals from Anatoli Nikontsev, including the winner in the final period, to help upset Yulaev 4-3. The younger Kazionov played 11:47 in the match.

Magnitogorsk 5 @ Omsk 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 38/41, 3.00 GAA, .927 sv%
Season totals: 31 GP, 16-13, 4 SO, 2.08 GAA, .923 sv%

Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 33/38, 5.00 GAA, .868 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 14-10, 2 SO, 2.03 GAA, .913 sv%

In a battle of Lightning goaltending titans in the KHL, it was Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk that came out on top. Magnitogorsk extended their lead in the East over Yulaev to five points with the victory. Omsk sits in third in the East, but is a full 18 points behind Magnitogorsk with 3 games in hand.

Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Kazan 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-6-9, -6, 26 PIM

Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 9-1-10, E, 12 PIM

The elder Kazionov opened the game's scoring with a second period marker from Danis Zaripov and Yarkko Immonen, and Kazan carried a 2-1 lead into the final frame. But, Johan Harju assisted on a Linus Omark goal to tie the game up 1:13 into the final period and Omark scored again with under five minutes left in regulation to help lead Dynamo to a 4-2 win over Kazan. The goals were Omark's 12th and 13th of the season. Harju played 18:45 in the match and was 37% on draws. Kazionov played 11:36 for Ak Bars.

KHL Game Day: 12-5-09

Magnitogorsk 6 @ Chelyabinsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/25, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 15-13, 4 SO, 2.05 GAA, .922 sv%

Here comes Vasily Koshechkin. The big netminder got his second straight shutout as Magnitogorsk flattened Chelyabinsk 6-0, partly on the strength of another one goal and one assist effort by Sergei Fedorov. Koshechkin's fourth shutout of the season moves him into a tie for the league lead with teammate Ilya Proskuryakov. His .922 sv% is also tied for fourth in the league among netminders with 20 or more appearances. A year ago, with Lada Togliatti, Koshechkin put up eight shutouts, and he has shown an amazing propensity throughout his career for ripping off very long shutout streaks when he gets hot.

KHL Game Day: 12-4-09

Dynamo Moscow 3 @ KHK MVD 2 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 3-5-8, -6, 24 PIM

After a long drought, Harju finally scored his third goal of the season, while his lifelong teammate Linus Omark chipped in a goal and an assist. However, it took a game winning shootout goal by former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl for Dynamo to finally knock off KHK MVD 3-2. Harju played 15:36 in the match and was 63% on draws. He failed, however, on his shootout attempt in the penalty shot session. Dynamo Moscow sits in fourth place in the KHL's Western Conference.

KHL Game Day: 12-3-09

Omsk 2 @ Astana 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 14-9, 2 SO, 1.91 GAA, .917 sv%

Jaromir Jagr assisted on Dimitri Pestunov's game winning third period goal to help lift Karri Ramo and Omsk over Astana 2-1. Former Lightning draft pick Ilya Solarev took two minor penalties in the match for Astana. Interestingly, Ramo's numbers are very similar to St. Petersburg goaltender Robert Esche (15-7, 3 SO, 2.04 GAA, .916 sv%), who the Lightning briefly courted for Ramo's vacant backup spot in Tampa Bay before signing Antero Niittymaki.

Chekhov 0 @ Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/29, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 29 GP, 14-13, 3 SO, 2.13 GAA, .920 sv%

Koshechkin got his first shutout in a Metallurg jersey to help boost Magnitogorsk to a 4-0 victory. Former NHL superstar Sergei Fedorov supported Koshechkin with a goal and an assist in the match. Magnitogorsk moves 1 point ahead of Yulaev into 1st in the Eastern Conference.

CSKA 2 @ Ekaterinburg 1 (OT)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-3-7, -9, 10 PIM

CSKA got an overtime goal from ex-Senators draft pick Alexander Nikulin to pull out a 2-1 win over Ekaterinburg. Denis Kazionov played 13:29 in the match. Ekaterinburg has managed to climb over Novokuznetsk and Khabarovsk to get out of the Eastern Conference basement, but still sits 5 points behind Chelyabinsk for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.

KHL Game Day: 12-2-09

Kazan 1 @ Togliatti 2
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 8-1-9, E, 12 PIM

Kazan fell to cash-strapped Togliatti on two second period goals by Lada. The older Kazionov, Dimitry, played 12:12 in the match.

Spartak Moscow 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 2-5-7, -5, 22 PIM

It was another frustrating night at the rink for Johan Harju, who was -2 in 13:49 with a second period roughing minor to boot. The lone bright spot was that Harju was 80% on draws in the game, bringing him to 58% on the season with 434 faceoffs taken. Former Lightning checking liner Martin Cibak assisted on Spartak's first goal, which was former NHLer Branko Radivojevic's 11th of the year.

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