European Leagues

Liiga Game Day: 9-12-14

Lahti 4 vs. HPK 3 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen and HPK's comeback bid fell short in the shootout and the dropped their season opener to Lahti Pelicans 4-3. Salminen played 11:11 in the match and took a minor for slashing. HPK got a goal from former Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori. Pelicans were led by 2 goals from ex-Panthers second round Michal Repik, who also potted the shootout winner.

KHL Game Day: 9-10-14

Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Zagreb 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 31/31, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 1 SO, 1.26 GAA, .953 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin posted his first shutout of the season as Magnitogorsk smashed Zagreb 6-0. Ex-Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Metallurg.

Kazan 4 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Jaroslav Janus rode the pine again behind starter Johan Backlund in Slovan's 4-3 loss to Ak Bars Kazan. Ex-Thrashers first rounder Alexander Burmistrov assisted on the game winner for Kazan.

Cherepovets 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was held off the scoresheet for the first time this season in Yugra's 4-2 loss to Severstal Cherepovets. The young forward played 14:30 in the match. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil scored the insurance marker in the match for Cherepovets.

Elsewhere, Mytischi defeated Ekaterinburg 4-3 in the shootout with Dmitry Korobov still out nursing a hand injury.

KHL Game Day: 9-8-14

Ekaterinburg 1 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Veteran forward Tomas Netik had 1 goal and 1 assist for Bratislava in their 3-1 lead of Ekaterinburg. Jaroslav Janus again sat backup to Johan Backlund in the win.

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Mytischi 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 21/22, 1.01 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 1.69 GAA, .933 sv%

Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Magnitogorsk to a 4-1 smashing of Mytischi. Defenseman Dmitry Korobov of Mytischi is expected to miss the first month of the season with a hand injury and did not dress.

CSKA 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal in Yugra's failed comeback bid to erase a 3 goal Third Period deficit, as they fell 4-3 to CSKA. Gusev has point in each of his first 3 games this season. Ex-Wings pick Jan Mursak led the way for CSKA with a hat trick.

KHL Game Day: 9-6-14

Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Bratislava 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 16/19, 3.09 GAA, .842 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 2.03 GAA, .925 sv%

Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy's power play goal broke a 2-2 tie to lift Slovan Bratislava to a 3-2 win over defending champion Magnitogorsk. Jaroslav Janus again sat backup to Johan Backlund in the victory.

Kazan 1 vs. Mytischi 4
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy had a goal in Mytischi's 4-1 win over Kazan. Dmitry Korobov did not dress for the match. He took a puck to the hand in a preseason game and is out for at least a month.

Novgorod 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play helper in Yugra's 3-1 win over Novgorod. Ex-Canadiens second rounder Ben Maxwell led the way for Novgorod with 1 goal and 1 assist. The Kazionov brothers, united in Novgorod, were both scoreless in the match.

KHL Game Day: 9-4-14

Togliatti 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 5
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev's goal early in the third period helped Khanty-Mansiysk open up a 2 goal lead as they cruised to a 5-2 win over Lada Togliatti. Gusev played 17:19 in the match and also took a minor for slashing.

Bratislava 5 vs. Zagreb 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bartislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Jaroslav Janus sat backup to former Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund in Slovan's 5-2 thumping of Zagreb. Ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy led the way with a hat trick for Bratislava while former Lightning prospect Michel Sersen also chipped in a goal.

KHL Game Day: 9-3-14

Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Dynamo Moscow 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 33/34, 1.00 GAA, .971 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .971 sv%

It's back! Welcome to prospect season. The KHL opened their season Wednesday with defending Gagarin Cup champions Magnitogorsk spanking Dynamo Moscow 6-1. Ex-Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had a hat trick and a helper in the victory.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-30-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(1)Magnitogorsk 7 vs. (3)Praha 4
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-3
Magnitogorsk Wins the Gagarin Cup
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 43/47, 4.00 GAA, .915 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 21 GP, 16-5-0, 2 SO, 1.97 GAA, .934 sv%

Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 4 points to help lead Magnitogorsk to their Cup clinching 7-4 win over Praha in Game Seven of the Gagarin Cup Finals. Former Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist in the win and former Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov also had a helper in the match for Metallurg. Vasily Koshechkin wins his first Gagarin Cup and the victory also marks the first time the Gagarin Cup was won by a non-Russian coach as Metallurg's bench boss this season was none other than Iron Mike Keenan.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-28-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(3)Praha 5 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 4 (OT)
Series Tied at 3-3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, OT Loss, 27/32, 4.70 GAA, .844 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 20 GP, 15-5-0, 2 SO, 1.88 GAA, .936 sv%

So close, and yet so far for Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk. Mikko Maenpaa scored for Praha with just 2:21 left in regulation and former Thrashers draft pick Nathan Oystrick tallied 3:53 into Overtime as Lev Praha stunned Magnitogorsk 5-4 in Game Six to even up the series. There will be a Game Seven. 4 of Praha's 5 goals came from defensemen while Magnitogorsk got 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat from former Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-26-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(1)Magnitogorsk 2 vs. (3)Praha 1 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 35/36, 0.87 GAA, .972 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 19 GP, 15-4-0, 2 SO, 1.73 GAA, .941 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin scored 8:43 into Overtime with his second goal of the game to deliver Magnitogorsk the critical 2-1 Game Five win over Praha in their Gagarin Cup Finals. Mozyakin appears to be closing in on being named the playoffs MVP, although his teammate Koshechkin may have something to say about that, while his linemates Danis Zaripov and Jan Kovar each had 2 assists in the game, as well. It should be noted the goaltending of Vasily Koshechkin allowed Magnitogorsk to overcome a 36-25 shot deficit in the game. Ex-Kings pick Justin Azevedo had Praha's only goal. Game Six is Monday and Magnitogorsk will get their first of two cracks to hoist the Gagarin Cup.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-24-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(3)Praha 3 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 5
Series Tied 2-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 18/21, 3.00 GAA, .857 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 18 GP, 14-4-0, 2 SO, 1.78 GAA, .939 sv%

Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov scored 2 Third Period goals to break a 3-3 tied and lead Magnitogorsk to a critical Game Four win over Praha. The 5-3 victory squares the series at 2 games each. Zaripov also had a helper in the match. His linemate, ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin, had 4 helpers in the win. Game Five is Saturday.

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