European Leagues

KHL Game Day: 8-23-16

Chelyabinsk 2 vs. St. Petersburg 1 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev started off his season with a power play helper in 14:47 of ice time in SKA's 2-1 OT loss to Traktor Chelyabinsk. Ex-Lightning forward Paul Szczechura had a goal in the match for Traktor. The game marked the return of Russian superstar Pavel Datsyuk, who now wears the C for SKA, to his country's top league.

Sixth Round, 178th Overall, D Oleg Sonsunov

Name: Oleg Sosunov
Position: Defense
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 243 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: 13 APR 98
Club: Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl (MHL B)
Loko Yaroslavl (MHL), 3 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl (MHL B), 39 GP, 4-8-12, 66 PIM; Playoffs: 12 GP, 0-2-2, 10 PIM

Scouting Comments:
"He’s a big fella out of Russia. Halfway through the season Kari Kettunen, our Finnish scout, he’s got some people that he knows in Russia and he got a phone call from one of the guys, saying ‘I have a guy here that I think somebody should come in and take a look at that I think is a little under the radar.’ So, Kari made a special trip Russia – secret agent 007 Kettunen -- went into Russia – Yaroslavl – took a look at him and came out and was very complimentary. Came back and we sent Anton Routa – another scout – in a separate trip to go take a look, and Anton confirmed Kari’s excitement that this is a big guy who skates really well and has some skill and is very raw. Both his parents were, I believe, Olympic athletes, and so he’s got a natural athletic background and he’s very coordinated for a big man. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to come to Development Camp; he’s in training camp with the Yaroslavl men’s team trying to get a spot within their organization, and with the short notice to try to get a Russian visa would have been difficult as well, so unfortunately people won’t see Oleg, but he’s a big man and we’ll see what happens going forward there." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-19-16

Koshechkin triumphant in his Bolt Prospects swan song...

KHL Gagarin Cup Final
CSKA 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 3
Magnitogorsk Wings the Gagarin Cup 4-3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 36/37, 1.00 GAA, .973 sv%
Playoff totals: 19 GP, 14-5-0, 3 SO, 1.57 GAA, .948 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Florida Everblades defenseman Chris Lee had 1 goal and 1 assist to help lead Magnitogorsk to a 3-1 Game Seven victory over CSKA in the Gagarin Cup Final. The Cup is Magnitka's second in the past three seasons and first under coach Ilya Vorobyov, who took over from ex-NHL coach Mike Keenan at mid season. Ex-Syracuse Crunch forward Geoff Platt had a helper in defeat for CSKA.

For Bolt Prospects, it's a bitter sweet moment. The Lightning organization gently alerted us at mid-season that the 33 year old Koshechkin is obviously no longer considered a real "prospect" by the organization. However, we made the editorial decision to continue coverage of Koshechkin through the end of the season, which he rewarded with a championship performance. In 19 playoff games, Koshechkin amassed an impressive 14-5-0 record with 3 shutouts, a 1.57 GAA, and a .948 sv%, which even bested his championship-winning playoff performance in the 2013-2014 campaign. Bolt Prospects salutes Koshechkin's career and congratulates him on yet another Gagarin Cup winning season.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-17-16

KHL Gagarin Cup Final
Magnitogorsk 2 vs. CSKA 3 (OT)
Series Tied 3-3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, OT Loss, 30/33, 2.96 GAA, .909 sv%
Playoff totals: 18 GP, 13-5-0, 3 SO, 1.60 GAA, .946 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

There will be a Game Seven to decide it all in the KHL this season after ex-Capitals second rounder Mikhail Yunkov scored 1:40 into OT to lift CSKA to a 3-2 Game Six win over Magnitogorsk. The goal was Yunkov's second of the match. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had a pair of helpers in defeat for Magnitogorsk.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-15-16

KHL Gagarin Cup Final
CSKA 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 2 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/31, 0.92 GAA, .968 sv%
Playoff totals: 17 GP, 13-4-0, 3 SO, 1.53 GAA, .948 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin scored 5:09 into Overtime to put Magnitogorsk within 1 win of their second Gagarin Cup championship in three seasons, as they defeated CSKA 2-1 in Game Five. Mozyakin also had Magnitka's other goal. After allowing a howler from center ice in a Game Three loss, netminder Vasily Koshechkin has allowed just 1 goal in the past 125+ minutes of the series.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-11-16

KHL Gagarin Cup Final
Magnitogorsk 2 vs. CSKA 3
CSKA Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 34/37, 2.35 GAA, .919 sv%
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 11-4-0, 2 SO, 1.67 GAA, .944 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Senators farmhand Stephane Da Costa scored a power play goal 18:12 into OT to deliver Magnitogorsk a 3-2 Game Three win over Magnitogorsk. Da Costa also had an even strength goal in the match. Ex-NHLer Alexander Semin had a helper in defeat for Magnitogorsk.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-9-16

KHL Gagarin Cup Final
CSKA 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Series Tied 1-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/26, 1.01 GAA, .962 sv%
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 11-3-0, 2 SO, 1.60 GAA, .946 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Undrafted 21 year old defenseman Alexei Bereglazov scored the GWG 1:30 into the Third Period to lift Magnitogorsk to a 2-1 Game Two victory over CSKA. Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had the other goal for Magnitka.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-7-16

KHL Gagarin Cup Final
CSKA 5 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 26/30, 4.48 GAA, .867 sv%
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 10-3-0, 2 SO, 1.65 GAA, .945 sv%
Regular season totals: 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

CSKA scored 5 unanswered goals to crush Magnitogorsk 5-1 in Game One of the Gagarin Cup Final. Ex-Predators first rounder Alexander Radulov was one of 5 different goal scorers for CSKA in the win. Ex-Bolt Prospect Artem Sergeev had a helper in the victory, as well.

AHL Game Day: 4-3-16 Crunch at Comets

Syracuse crushes Utica, keeping extremely slim hopes alive.

UTI- 3

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
UTI LaBate, (9) (Hensick, Landry), 9:02 (PP)

Second Period
UTI Bancks, (14) (Hensick, Landry), 5:11
SYR Vermin, (7) (Peca), 7:04 (SH)
SYR Darcy, (4) (Taormina, Dotchin), 9:06
SYR Vermin, (8) (Peca, Taormina), 10:04 (PP)
UTI Friesen, (12) (Grenier, Fedun), 13:50 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Erne, (13) (Walcott, Blujus), 2:01
SYR Ikonen, (3) (Richard, Thomas), 3:39
SYR Tambellini, (25) (Peca), 17:56
SYR Tambellini, (26) (Thomas, McGinn), 19:18

Joel Vermin, Matthew Peca, and Jeff Tambellini were the game's three stars.

It's kind of remarkable that the day Jonathan Drouin sat out due to a lower body injury that the Crunch went and scored 7 goals.

Peca continues his strong late season charge, extending his points streak to 6 games with 1 goal and 10 points in that span. Going back to March 6th, he's got 1 goal and 16 points in a 13 game stretch, including 5 multi-point games. He's definitely throwing his hat in the ring to be the next Conacher/Johnson type in the Lightning organization.

Speaking of multi-point efforts, Ben Thomas had his first as a pro today. He's got 3 helpers in his first 4 pro games. He's been like found money thus far for Syracuse.

Unfortunately, despite the severity of today's whipping of the Comets, it still only counts as 2 points in the standings. That places Syracuse 6 points back of Utica for 3rd in the North Division with the Comets still holding a game in hand. Portland and Bridgeport maintain an 8 point gap on Syracuse in the crossover scenario, so it looks like catching Utica in the final 5 regular season games is the formula for the postseason. The Crunch do have 2 more head-to-head matchups against the Comets, but it's still going to be like threading the needle for the Crunch to make the playoffs.

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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-31-16

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(2)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (4)Ufa 2 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 28/30, 1.48 GAA, .933 sv%
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 10-2-0, 2 SO, 1.45 GAA, .951 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Panthers pick Yaroslov Kosov scored 1:37 into Second OT to send Magnitogorsk to the Gagarin Cup Final by virtue of a 3-2 Game Five win over Ufa. Ex-NHLer Alexander Semin also had a pair of helpers in the win. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Maxim Mayorov had a goal for Ufa in defeat.

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