European Leagues

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-20-10

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(3)Kazan 1 @ (2)KHK MVD 2
Series Tied 2-2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 19 GP, 3-1-4, +5, 12 PIM

Former Thrashers draft pick Yuri Dobryshkin scored the game winning goal for KHK MVD 5:53 into the third period in Game Four, lifting his club to a 2-1 win and a 2-2 series tie with Ak Bars Kazan. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 13:38 in the match and was on the ice for Kazan's lone goal.

The Gagarin Cup Final has been a homer series thus far, with each club winning its two home games. The scene shifts back to Kazan for a critical Game Five matchup on Friday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-19-10

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(3)Kazan 2 @ (2)KHK MVD 3
Kazan Leads the Series 2-1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 18 GP, 3-1-4, +4, 12 PIM

KHK MVD got a pair of third period goals from Maxim Velikov and Alexei Tertyshny less than 4 minutes apart to defeat Kazan 3-2 and cut Kazan's series lead in half to 2-1. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov was on the ice for a late Kazan goal by defenseman Stepan Zakharchuk. He played 14:16 in the match and took a 2nd period minor for high sticking. Game Four is slated for tomorrow.

In an interesting twist, it was announced this week that KHK MVD will be merging with Johan Harju's former team, Dynamo Moscow, next season after Dyanmo's main sponsor pulled out to back SKA St. Petersburg instead. Harju has already signed a 1-year deal with the Lightning next season.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-16-10

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(2)KHK MVD 1 @ (3)Kazan 4
Kazan Leads the Series 2-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 17 GP, 3-1-4, +2, 10 PIM

Kazan is now just two victories away from winning the KHL championship after a 4-1 Game Two victory over Western Conference champion KHK MVD. Kazan was once again led by unlikely hero Dmitri Obukhov, who had a pair of goals including an empty netter. Obukhov, who scored just 5 goals during the regular season, has 3 goals now in the first two games of the Gagarin Cup Finals. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 14:26 in the match for Kazan. Game Three is on Monday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-15-10

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(2)KHK MVD 2 @ (3)Kazan 3
Kazan Leads the Series 1-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-8-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 16 GP, 3-1-4, +2, 8 PIM

Unlikely hero Dmitri Obukhov scored a goal 4:05 into the third period to break a 2-2 tie and send Kazan on to a 3-2 Game One victory over KHK MVD. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 16:58 in the match. Game Two is slated for tomorrow.

European Game Day: 4-11-10

Kval till Elitserien (Sweden)
Rogle 3 @ Sodertalje 2 (SO)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 6-3-0, 1 SO, 2.74 GAA, .911 sv%

With Sodertalje's spot in the Elitserien sewed up for next season, Riku Helenius got today off in the 10th and final match of the promotion/relegation series. Helenius' backup, Pontus Sjogren, stopped 42 shots before allowed 3 of 6 shooters to capitalize in the shootout for the loss. Helenius' roller coaster season is over, and he and the Lightning will now contemplate a way forward for the former first round draft pick who played very well at times, and very poorly at other junctures.

Sodertalje finished first in the Kval till Elitserien with 21 points, 3 ahead of Allsvenskan side AIK, which defeated Vaxjo Lakers 2-0 today to grab a promotion into the Elitserien for next season. It's a remarkable accomplishment for a team that just a few months ago was contemplating a move into the KHL. They finished 2 points ahead of Rogle, which will be relegated to the Allsvenskan next season.

KHL (Russia) Western Conference Finals
No Lightning prospects were involved, but in Game Seven KHK MVD defeated Yaroslavl 2-1. Ex-Thrashers prospect Michael Garnett stopped 25 of 26 shots he faced in the win. He'll face Ak Bars Kazan and Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov in the KHL Gagarin Cup Finals, which begin on Thursday in Kazan.

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