European Leagues

KHL Game Day: 1-28-10

Omsk 2 @ KHK MVD 0
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 31/31, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 21-15, 4 SO, 2.00 GAA, .916 sv%

Former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov assisted on both Omsk goals as Karri Ramo notched his 4th shutout of the season. Ramo is now tied for 4th in the league in shutouts behind fellow Lightning prospect V. Koshechkin (7), former NHLer Robert Esche (6), and Yarolslav netminder Georgy Gelashvili (6).

Ekaterinburg 3 @ Noovosibirsk 4
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 5-3-8, -17, 16 PIM

Kazionov played 9:20 in the match and scored his 5th goal of the season, but it wasn't enough to lift Ekaterinburg to victory in a critical battle for the last playoff spot in the KHL's Eastern Conference. Novosibirsk moved into a tie with Ekaterinburg and Khabarovsk at 54 points, but Novosibirsk holds 8th in the conference by virtue of the one game in hand they hold over both clubs. Former Lightning forward Alex Kharitonov had his 3rd goal of the season in the match for Novosibirsk.

Magnitogorsk 4 @ Novokuznetsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/30, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 23-18, 7 SO, 1.95 GAA, .928 sv%

Koshechkin notched his league leading 7th shutout of the season to help Magnitogorsk keep pace with Yulaev just 2 points out of first place in the Eastern Conference. Former Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov had his 5th goal of the season in the match for Metallurg. Koshechkin is 2nd in the KHL in wins behind only former NHLer Robert Esche (26).

Cherepovets 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 3-11-14, -7, 36 PIM

Harju played 15:49 in the match and was 46% on draws. Harju's lifelong teammate and Edmonton Oilers prospect Linus Omark scored his 19th goal of the season in the loss for Dynamo.

Mytischi 5 @ Dynamo Riga 6 (OT)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 14 PIM

Karsums played 11:43 in the match and notched a goal and also assisted on a goal by former NHLer Tyler Arnason. Marcel Hossa scored his league leading 30th goal of the season in the match for Riga.

KHL Game Day: 1-27-10

Togliatti 0 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 18-7-25, +8, 16 PIM

Kazionov played 13:57 in the match. Kazan got 2 goals from former Rangers farmhand Jarkko Immonen in the victory.

KHL Game Day: 1-26-10

Omsk 1 @ Spartak Moscow 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, No Decision, 4/4, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 37 GP, 20-15, 3 SO, 2.06 GAA, .913 sv%

Ramo left today's game after playing 19:26 in the first period and stopping all 4 shots he faced. Former Lightning center Martin Cibak scored his 16th goal of the season for Spartak in the match.

Ekaterinurg 0 @ Novokuznetsk 4
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 4-3-7, -18, 16 PIM

Kazionov played 12:38 in the match. Former Lightning draft pick Albert Vishnyakov had his 11th goal of the season in the match for Novokuznetsk.

Magnitogorsk 4 @ Khabarovsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 43 GP, 22-18, 6 SO, 2.00 GAA, .926 sv%

Magnitogorsk sits in second place in the KHL's Eastern Conference, just 2 points behind first place Yulaev.

St. Petersburg 1 @ Dynamo Moscow 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 3-11-14, -7, 32 PIM

Harju played 16:11 in the match and was 44% on draws. Former Lightning forward Nils Ekman scored the only goal of the game for St. Petersburg.

Cherepovets 3 @ Dynamo Riga 4 (SO)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, -1, 12 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 14 PIM

Karsums played 14:55 in the match and was charged with a minor for cross checking and a misconduct in the game. Cherepovets was led by a pair of goals from former NHLer Marcel Hossa, who now leads the league with 29.

KHL Game Day: 1-25-10

Chekhov 3 @ Kazan 2 (OT)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 18-7-25, +7, 16 PIM

Kazionov played 13:50 in the match. Chekhov's overtime winning goal came from former NHLer Chris Simon. It was his 12th goal of the season. Simon also had an assist in the game.

Lightning to Pursue Koshechkin?

There was a little pearl in Erik Erlendsson's blog post about Dustin Tokarski being returned to Norfolk and Riku Helenius being assigned to Sodertalje of the Elitserien. The Lightning are apparently intersted in once again making an attempt to sign Russian star goaltender Vasily Koshechkin, who is currently playing for Magnitogorsk in the KHL. Koshechkin, a mammoth 6'6" netminder who was an 8th round pick in 2002, has 14 shutouts over the past two seasons, and arguably has been the best netminder in Russia over the past four seasons. The Lightning made multiple attempts to sign Koshechkin when Jay Feaster was the team's GM, but Koshechkin always chose to remain in Russia. Will Koshechkin, who turns 27 in March, now try his hand at the best hockey league in the world?

The post also mentions the possibility of Karri Ramo returning from Omsk of the KHL as well. Ramo has one more year remaining on his deal with Avangard, but he has an NHL out clause for a signing window this summer. It is believed Koshechkin will be a free agent this summer after he signed with Magnitogorsk earlier this year when his original deal with his longtime club Togliatti was voided after Lada couldn't meet payroll on multiple occassions.

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