European Leagues

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-27-14

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Astana 2 vs. (4)Ufa 1
Ufa Leads the Series 3-2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 41/43, 2.04 GAA, .953 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 7-5-0, 0 SO, 2.19 GAA, .930 sv%

Dustin Boyd's goal assisted by former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski ended up being the game winner in Astana's 2-1 Game Five win over Ufa. Ex-NHLer Ivan Vishnevsky had the lone goal in defeat for Ufa, which was outshot 43-25 in the contest. Ufa may be playing with fire, despite being in a position to eliminate Barys, they have been relying on Vasilevskiy to erase large shot deficits to try to steal the series. Game Six is on Saturday. The winner of the series will face top seed Magnitogorsk in the Eastern Conference Finals.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-25-14

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(6)Novosibirsk 2 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 3
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/32, 2.01 GAA, .938 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 8-1-0, 0 SO, 1.90 GAA, .935 sv%

Magnitogorsk completed their second round sweep of Novosibirsk, disposing of the Eastern Conference sixth seed 3-2 in Game Four. Metallurg was led by 2 goals by former Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin. Magnitogorsk has lost just one time in the first two rounds of this season's playoffs.

(4)Ufa 3 vs. (2)Astana 2 (OT)
Ufa Leads the Series 3-1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 38/40, 1.84 GAA, .950 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 7-4-0, 0 SO, 2.20 GAA, .927 sv%

Ex-Canucks draft pick Kirill Koltsov's power play goal 5:03 into Overtime delivered Ufa a 3-2 Game Four win over Astana and a commanding 3-1 lead in their second round series. The stellar play of Lightning prospect Andrey Vasilevskiy allowed Ufa to overcome a 27-40 shot deficit in the contest to take the victory. Astana got an assist from former Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin in defeat.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-24-14

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(6)Novosibirsk 1 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 2 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 33/34, 0.96 GAA, .971 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 0 SO, 1.89 GAA, .935 sv%

Metallurg Magnitogorsk moved one step closer to the KHL Eastern Conference Finals, defeating Novosibirsk 2-1 in overtime in Game Three to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Ex-Predators draft pick Denis Platonov had the winner for Magnitogorsk 2:11 into Overtime to seal the victory. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov assisted on Platonov's goal.

(4)Ufa 5 vs. (2)Astana 2
Ufa Leads the Series 2-1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 15/17, 2.00 GAA, .882 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 6-4-0, 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .924 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy only had to face 17 shots as Ufa crushed Barys Astana 5-2 in their pivotal Game Three Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup. Ex-Nashville Predator Antti Pihlstrom had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Ufa. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski had a goal in defeat for Astana.

Bolt Prospect of the Week: March 24, 2014

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for March 24, 2014 is … Andrey Vasilevskiy, G, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL – Russia).

If playoff experience is instrumental in a prospect’s development, Andrey Vasilevskiy is being subject to a symphony.

Ufa’s teenage goaltender has been in net for all of the club’s playoff games so far, including a pressure-packed Game 7 against Novgorod last Tuesday. Down 2-0 in the series, he turned in a triple-overtime gem in Game 3, and allowed just two goals in each of Games 4 and 5 before a Game 6 loss.

His team was outplayed in Game 7, being outshot 35-21, but Vasilevskiy turned aside all but one shot en route to a 2-1 win. Ufa had a 2-0 lead in the game and survived with Vasilevskiy under siege in the third period.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-22-14

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(1)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (2)Novosibirsk 2
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 28/30, 2.00 GAA, .933 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 6-1-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%

Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov scored a shorthanded goal and ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had the game winning goal for Magnitogorsk in their 3-2 win over Novosibirsk in Game Two of their second round series. It was Kazionov's first point of the playoffs. Ex-Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare had Metallurg's other goal.

(2)Astana 5 vs. (4)Ufa 2
Series Tied 1-1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 31/36, 5.04 GAA, .861 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 5-4-0, 0 SO, 2.27 GAA, .927 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy was pulled for the final 28 seconds of play in Ufa's 5-2 loss to Barys Astana. Astana got 3 assists from former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski and a goal from former Lightning defenseman Kristian Kudroc in the win.

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