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KHL Game Day: 3-4-14

Last day of the KHL regular season!

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Novgorod 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%

And on the final day, Vasily rested. Koshechkin sat backup in Magnitogorsk's 4-2 win over Novgorod. Ex-Columbus pick Sergei Mozyakin led the way with 2 goals and 3 points.

Ufa 3 vs. Chekhov 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 23/25, 2.00 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy finished up his rookie season of KHL hockey right turning aside 23 shots in Ufa's 3-2 win over Chekhov. Ex-NHLer Ivan Vishnevsky had the eventual game winner for Ufa.

St. Petersburg 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev capped his first full season at the KHL level with a game winning, power play goal to lift Yugra to a 2-1 upset win over SKA St. Petersburg. Gusev played 11:24 in the match. He finishes the regular season with 8 goals after averaging just 9:58 of ice time in 44 games.

Bratislava 2 vs. Zagreb 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, 29/32, 3.01 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 41 GP, 15-18-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%

Jaroslav Janus' season ended with a whimper as Slovan fell 3-2 to Zagreb. Ex-NHLer Jonathan Cheechoo assisted on the game-winning goal just 13 seconds into the final period of the match. It was Cheechoo's second helper of the game. Ex-Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster also scored for Zagreb.

Here's how the KHL playoffs shape up for the Lightning's prospects:

In the Western Conference, Slovan Bratislava (Jaroslav Janus) finished 11th, 17 points out of the money and will not season the postseason.

In the Eastern Conference, the late season heroics of Vasily Koshechkin allowed Metallurg Magnitogorsk to clinch the 1st seed in the conference by 8 points over divisional rival Ak Bars Kazan. Theyll face 8th seed Vladivostok, which made the playoffs in their expansion season.

Ufa (Andrey Vasilevskiy) will get the test of being the 4th seed and will square off against 5th seed Novgorod. Both teams finished with 94 points, but Ufa got the tiebreak.

Like Bratislava, Khanty-Mansisysk (Nikita Gusev) finished 11th in their conference and will not make the KHL's postseason tournament. They finished 14 points behind Vladivostok for the final playoff spot in the East.

KHL Game Day: 3-2-14

Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Kazan 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 33/33, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%

Make it back-to-back shutouts and back-to-back 1-0 wins for Vasily Koshechkin as he and Magnitogorsk defeated Kazan today 1-0. Czech forward Jan Kovar scored the game winner for Metallurg. Koshechkin is 5th in the KHL in save percentage and leads the pack in shutouts.

Ufa 1 vs. Dynamo Moscow 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 27 GP, 13-8-5, 3 SO, 2.22 GAA, .923 sv%

Alexei Volkov got the call in net today for Ufa in their 3-1 loss to Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Leafs draft pick Leo Komarov assisted on Dynamo's 2nd and 3rd goals as they pulled away for the win.

Mytischi 5 vs. Khanty-Mansisysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansisysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 7-6-13, -6, 10 PIM

Yugra continued to look unimpressive emerging from the Olympics break as they were again crushed, this time by Mytischi by a score of 5-1. Ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin had a helper in the win for Mytischi. Nikita Gusev played 17:50 in the loss.

Bratislava 0 vs. Spartak Moscow 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 21/24, 3.01 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 15-17-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%

Jaroslav Janus and Bratislava have appeared to hit another speed bump in their season, stumbling out of the Olympic break. Today they fell 3-0 to Spartak Moscow.

KHL Game Day: 2-28-14

Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Dynamo Moscow 0 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, SO, 41/41, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 50 GP, 29-12-8, 8 SO, 1.92 GAA, .939 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin was perfect, even stopping three of three in the penalty shot session, in Magnitogorsk's 1-0 win over Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil was among the unlucky Dynamo shooters nullified by Koshechkin in the skills competition.

Ufa 1 vs. Kazan 0
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Win, SO, 23/23, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 13-8-5, 3 SO, 2.22 GAA, .923 sv%

Only slightly less impressive than Koshechkin's shutout, Andrey Vasilevskiy turned aside all 23 shots he faced to deliver Ufa a 1-0 win over Kazan. Longtime KHL star Konstantin Barulin turned aside 27 shots at the other end of the ice for Kazan in defeat.

Yaroslavl 6 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 7-6-13, -5, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev was -1 in 12:22 of ice time as Yugra got crushed 6-2 by Yaroslavl. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had a helper in defeat for Yugra.

Bratislava 1 vs. Donetsk 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 25/27, 2.03 GAA, .926 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 15-16-8, 2 SO, 2.85 GAA, .898 sv%

Jaroslav Janus couldn't quite duplicate the feats of Lightning prospect brethren Koshechkin and Vasilevskiy, falling 2-1 to Donetsk. Ex-NHLer Martin Skoula assisted on Slovan's only goal.

KHL Game Day: 2-26-14

Magnitogorsk 0 vs. Chekhov 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 27/29, 2.06 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 29-12-7, 7 SO, 1.96 GAA, .938 sv%

The Korolyuk's, Anton and Alexander, each had helpers in Chekhov's 2-0 win over Magnitogorsk. Sergei Denisov turned away 34 for the shutout.

Ufa 2 vs. Novgorod 1 (OT)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 25/26, 0.98 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 12-8-5, 2 SO, 2.31 GAA, .921 sv%

Andrey Vasilrvskiy started the post-Olympics stretch with a quality, 25 save overtime victory over Novgorod. Ex-NHLer Brent Sopel had a helper in the match for Ufa.

Cherepovets 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 7-6-13, -4, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 12:46 as Yugra got stomped by Cherepovets 4-1. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had Yugra's only goal.

Bratislava 4 vs. Dinamo Minsk 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Win, 25/28, 2.77 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 15-15-8, 2 SO, 2.88 GAA, .898 sv%

Jaroslav Janus turned away all three shooters he faced to deliver Bratislava a 4-3 shootout win over Minsk. Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan had a goal in the match for Slovan. Ex-Lightning defenseman Lukas Krajicek had a pair of helpers in defeat for Minsk.

KHL Game Day: 1-29-14

Khabarovsk 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 6
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 40/41, 1.00 GAA, .976 sv%
Season totals: 48 GP, 29-11-7, 7 SO, 1.96 GAA, .938 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had 2 goals and 3 points as Magnitogorsk thumped Khabarovsk 6-1. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov also had a helper in the match for Magnitgorsk. Metallurg's triumph came in spite of a 41-35 shot deficit thanks to Vasily Koshechkin's 40 stops.

Novokuznetsk 3 vs. Ufa 1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 11-8-5, 2 SO, 2.37 GAA, .919 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to Vladimir Sokhatsky in Ufa's 3-1 loss to Novokuznetsk. Veteran Evgeny Lapenkov led the way for Novosibirsk with a pair of goals.

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