European Leagues

Ramo Named a KHL All-Star Starter

Karri Ramo has been named the starting goaltender for Team Jagr in the upcoming KHL All-Star Game, the league announced today. Taking a cue from the NHL, last year's KHL All-Star Game was held outdoors in Red Square in Moscow. This year's All-Star contest will take place in Minsk. Ramo currently has a 19-14 record in 34 games, with 2 losses coming after regulation, 3 shutouts, a 2.05 GAA, and a .913 save percentage. He is currently tied for fourth in the league in wins.

In somewhat related news, the KHL handed down a decision to Ramo's club Omsk after their brawl filled contest with Chekhov earlier this month that resulted in the game being suspended and postponed due to nineteen players being ejected. The league has decided to rule the game a forfeit by both clubs and both will receive a loss in the standings. Ramo was one of the few players on either team not to earn an ejection.

KHL Game Day: 1-14-10

Kazan 1 @ St. Petersbug 2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 15-5-20, +5, 12 PIM

Kazionov played 13:55 in the match. St. Petersburg got the support of former Lightning prospect Anton But's 17th goal of the season in the victory.

Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Chelyabinsk 3
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 3-10-13, -5, 28 PIM

Harju played 13:16 in the match and was 38% on draws. His season faceoff percentage has slipped to 55% for the season. Former Red Wing Jiri Hudler had a pair of helpers in the game for Dynamo.

KHK MVD 3 @ Novgorod 6
Martins Karsums, KHK MVD, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Karsums was assigned to KHK MVD by the Lightning today, absolving the club of the responsibility for the Latvian born wingers salary. Former NHLer Pavel Brendl scored his 18th and 19th goals of the season today in Torpedo's win over KHK MVD.

Dynamo Minsk 1 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 20-16, 6 SO, 1.98 GAA, .926 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin got his 20th win of the season and pushed his GAA below 2.00 all in one fell swoop in today's 2-1 win over Dynamo Minsk. Metallurg got a goal from former NHLer Stan Chistov off assists from both Fedorov brothers, Sergei and Fedor, in the win.

Dynamo Riga 4 @ Ekaterinburg 0
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 4-3-7, -15, 12 PIM

The younger Kazionov got the night off as Ekaterinburg was blanked by the third Dynamo club, Dynamo Riga. That's right, the AHL has two teams called the Admirals, the KHL has three clubs called Dynamo. Former NHLer Marcel Hossa scored his league leading 25th goal of the season for Dynamo in the match.

Lightning Reassign Karsums to KHL

Tampa Bay - The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned prospect right wing Martins Karsums to HC MVD Balashikha of the Kontinental Hockey League today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. Karsums has played 36 games for the Norfolk Admirals this season, scoring 4 goals and adding 12 assists.

Despite speculation that prospect goaltender Dustin Tokarski will be recalled to Tampa today to back up Antero Niittymaki in tonight's match against the Florida Panthers, no official word of the recall has yet to be announced.

KHL Game Day: 1-13-10

Omsk 4 @ Novosibirsk 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 23/25, 2.00 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-14, 3 SO, 2.05 GAA, .913 sv%

Omsk got 2 goals and 1 assist from former NHL superstar Jaromir Jagr and 1 goal and 1 assist from former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov in their 4-2 win over Novosibirsk. Omsk leapfrogged Kazan into fourth place in the KHL's Eastern Conference with the win.

KHL Game Day: 1-12-10

Kazan 1 @ Ekaterinburg 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 4-3-7, -15, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 15-5-20, +5, 12 PIM

It was brother against brother in Kazan, as Ekateriburg and the younger Kazionov sibling, Denis, knocked off Kazan 2-1 to move with 2 points of the final playoff spot in the KHL Eastern Conference. Denis played 10:59 in the contest while big brother Dmitri got 15:31 for Ak Bars.

Nizhnekamsk 3 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 26/28, 2.04 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 19-16, 6 SO, 2.01 GAA, .925 sv%

Nizhnekamsk got 2 goals from Evgeny Lapenkov to help give Vasily Koshechkin his 16th loss of the season for Magnitogorsk. It should be noted that out of Vasily's 16 losses, 7 have come after regulation.

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