European Leagues

Liiga Game Day: 3-12-15

The end.

TPS 5 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 3-5-8, E, 4 PIM

Saku Salminen actually got to get on the ice (for 13:48, no less) and contributed a helper in HPK's season-ending 5-2 loss to TPS. TPS got 2 goals and 3 points from Mikko Rantanen, an 18 year old power forward who is expected to be a first rounder in the June draft. The 18-year old finished his campaign with 9 goals and 28 points in 56 games.

HPK will miss the Liiga playoffs by 12 points, sitting in 11th on the 14 team Liiga table.

Extraliga Playoff Game Day: 3-11-15

Quarterfinal Round
(4)Sparta Praha 3 vs. (5)Mountfield HK 0
Sparta Praha Leads the Series 1-0
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

Filip Novotny stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout victory in Sparta's 3-0, Game One win over Mountfield HK. Jaroslav Janus sat backup for the contest. Ex-Canucks pick Adam Polasek was among the goal scorers for Sparta. Game Two is tomorrow.

Liiga Game Day: 3-10-15

HPK 1 vs. Sport 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

For the third straight game Saku Salminen dressed but did not play as HPK fell to Sport 3-1. Ex-Bruins first rounder Hannu Toivonen turned aside 37 for the victory. With just 1 regular season game left on the schedule, HPK is now 11 points out of playoff position and will miss the postseason.

Liiga Game Day: 3-7-15

Lukko 3 vs. HPK 0
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Saku Salminen again dressed as HPK's 13th forward but did not see any ice time in their 3-0 loss to Lukko. Ex-ECHL journeyman Ryan Zapolski stopped all 23 shots he faced for the shutout.

Liiga Game Day: 3-6-15

HPK 3 vs. Ilves 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Saku Salminen dressed, but did not receive a single shift of ice time in HPK's 3-1 win over Ilves. Undrafted 19 year old Patrik Virta had 2 goals to lead HPK in the win, while ex-Bruins first rounder Zach Hamill notched the team's other goal. Ex-Stars second rounder Vojtek Polak had Ilves' lone goal in defeat. HPK still sits 5 points out of the final Liiga playoff spot in the standings.

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