European Leagues

Liiga Game Day: 2-24-17

SaiPa 0 vs. Ilves 3
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen = still hurt. SaiPa = still bad. Undrafted 23 year old goaltender Antti Lehtonen had to make just 16 saves for Ilves to record the shutout win.

Liiga Game Day: 2-23-17

HIFK 4 vs. SaiPa 1
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen? Still hurt. SaiPa? Still bad. 6 games remain in SaiPa's regular season, and they remain 2 points back of KooKoo in last place on the Liiga table.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-23-17

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(2)St. Petersburg 7 vs. (7)Podolsk 2
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 2-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on an even strength goal in 18:21 of ice time as SKA crushed Vityaz 7-2 in Game Two of their opening round playoff series. Ex-NHL'ers Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk, and Evgeny Dadonov each had goals in the win for SKA.

Liiga Game Day: 2-21-17

SaiPa 0 vs. Tappara 1 (SO)
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen is still hurt and SaiPa is still bad. They remain 2 points back of KooKoo in last place in Liiga.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-21-17

Western Conference Quarterfinals
(2)St. Petersburg 3 vs. (7)Podolsk 1
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev scored the eventual game winner in St. Petersburg's 3-1 Game One win over Vityaz Podolsk. Gusev played 15:40 in the victory. Gusev's linemate Evgeny Dadonov led all scorers with 1 goal and 1 assist.

Liiga Game Day: 2-18-17

Jukurit 2 vs. SaiPa 1
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen is still hurt for SaiPa, and SaiPa is still bad. That is all.

KHL Game Day: 2-18-17

St. Petersburg 4 vs. Novgorod 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 17:03 of ice time as SKA defeated Novgorod 4-2 in their KHL regular season finale. Gusev finishes the campaign 4th in the KHL in scoring, 3rd in assists, and tied with several others at 2nd in plus-minus. SKA ended up being narrowly edged by CSKA for the top seed in the Western Conference on the regulation wins tiebreaker after both clubs finished with 137 points (25 points clear of third place Dynamo Moscow). SKA will draw 7th seeded Vityaz Podolsk in the opening round of the playoffs.

Liiga Game Day: 2-16-17

SaiPa 1 vs. Sport 0
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Ex-Oilers 7th rounder Frans Tuohimaa turned aside all 39 shots he faced to lift SaiPa to a 1-0 victory over Sport. Despite the win, SaiPa remains buried in the basement of the Liiga, 5 points back of KooKoo with less than a month to go in the regular season. Saku Salminen once again missed the match with an injury.

KHL Game Day: 2-16-17

St. Petersburg 6 vs. Sochi 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 56 GP, 24-47-71, +34, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had the game opening goal and a pair of helpers, including one on the power play, as SKA dismantled HC Sochi 6-2. Gusev played 15:22 in the match and is now 4th in the KHL in scoring, 3rd in assists, and tied with three other SKA teammates for the league lead in plus-minus. SKA is tied with CSKA at 134 points atop the Western Conference table.

Liiga Game Day: 2-14-17

SaiPa 3 vs. Karpat 5
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Undrafted 22 year old forward Ville Leskinen had 2 goals and an assist to lead Karpat to a 5-3 win over SaiPa. Saku Salminen remains out of the lineup with an injury for SaiPa.

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