European Leagues

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-29-16

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Jokerit 3 vs. (7)Novgorod 2
Novgorod Leads the Series 3-2
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 27 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton took a minor for roughing in 17:45 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-2 Game Five loss to Jokerit Helsinki. Jokerit's winning goal came off the stick of ex-NHL'er Niklas Hagman.

(3)Yaroslavl 0 vs. (6)St. Petersburg 2
St. Petersburg Wins the Series 4-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a playoff helper on the eventual game winner in St. Petersburg's 2-0 blanking of Yaroslavl. He played 16:21 in the match. Ex-Isles pick Miko Koskinen continued his series mastery of Yaroslavl with a 21 save shutout. SKA advances to the Western Conference Semifinals with the victory.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-28-16

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Ekaterinburg 3 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 1
Series Tied 2-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 2 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov was between the pipes for Magnitka after two straight shutouts by Vasily Koshechkin, and he allowed 3 goals on 28 shots to drop Game Four to Ekaterinburg. Ekaterinburg was paced by 2 goals from defenseman Alexei Vasilevskiy, brother of Lightning netminder Andrei.

Liiga Game Day: 2-27-16

KalPa 3 vs. Ilves 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM

31 year old Sami Mutanen had 2 goals for KalPa in their 3-2 win over Ilves. Undrafted 24 year old defenseman Santeri Lukka had KalPa's other goal, and a helper in the contest.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-27-16

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Novogorod 3 vs. (2)Jokerit 2 (OT)
Novgorod Leads the Series 3-1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 25 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 25 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton took a game misconduct for spearing late in the Second Period of Novgorod's 3-2 Game Four win over Jokerit. He played 5:51 in ice time before his ejection. Ex-Senators pick Kaspars Daugavins had the OT winner and a helper in the match.

(6)St. Petersburg 1 vs. (3)Yaroslavl 0
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev had the only goal of the game, a power play marker, in SKA's 1-0 Game Four win over Yaroslavl. Gusev played 16:17 in the contest. Ex-Isles pick Mikko Koskinen turned aside all 25 shots he faced for the shutout victory. SKA coach Sergei Zubov, the ex-NHL'er, looks like a genius so far, as St. Petersburg has gone 3-0 since his decision to send star forward Ilya Kovalchuk home for poor performance.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-26-16

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Ekaterinburg 0 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 6
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 29/29, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 2 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin posted his second straight shutout of the playoffs to lead Magnitka to a 6-0 drubbing of underdog Ekateriburg. Koshechkin has yet to allow a goal in these playoffs. Ex-Caps pick Oskar Osala had 2 goals and 3 points to help pace Magnitogorsk.

Liiga Game Day: 2-25-16

Sport 4 vs. KalPa 0
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM

Undrafted 24 year old Teemu Tallberg had 2 goals and 4 points as Sport crushed KalPa 4-0. Netminder Mika Jarvinen stopped all 29 shots he faced for the shutout.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-25-16

Western Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Novgorod 1 vs. (2)Jokerit 0
Novgorod Leads the Series 2-1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 16:25 of ice time in his KHL playoff debut, a 1-0 Game Three win over Jokerit. Veteran KHL netminder Ilya Proskuryakov stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout win.

(6)St. Petersburg 3 vs. (3)Yaroslavl 0
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 15:15 of ice time in SKA's 3-0 Game Three win over Yaroslavl. Ex-Panthers pick Evgeny Dadonov had a pair of helpers in the win. Ex-Isles pick Mikko Koskinen turned aside all 29 shots he faced for the shutout. Star forward Ilya Kovalchuk again was out of the lineup for SKA after being stripped of his captaincy.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-24-16

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Magnitogorsk 2 vs. (7) Ekaterinburg 0
Series Tied 1-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 20/20, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Welcome to the 2016 playoffs, Vasily Koshechkin. The veteran turned aside all 20 shots he faced in his first taste of this year's post season to stake Magnitka to a 2-0 Game Two win over Ekaterinburg. Ex-Caps pick Oskar Osala had the winning goal.

Liiga Game Day: 2-23-16

SaiPa 4 vs. KalPa 6
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM

Undrafted 28 year old forward Janne Keranen had a hat trick for KalPa in their wild 6-4 win over SaiPa. Ex-Stars pick David McIntyre had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for SaiPa. KalPa is currently 8th on the Liiga table, 10 points ahead of the playoff cut line, but 6 points shy of an opening round bye.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-23-16

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Jokerit 4 vs. (7)Novgorod 3
Series Tied 1-1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Ex-NHL'er Niko Kapanen had a goal and 3 points to pace Jokerit in their 4-3 Game Two win over Novgorod. Ex-NHL'er Nikolai Zherdev had a goal in defeat for Novgorod.

(3)Yaroslavl 2 vs. (6)St. Petersburg 3
Series Tied 1-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Playing without star forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who was sent home by Head Coach Sergei Zubov for poor performance in the playoff opener, SKA defeated Yaroslavl 3-2 to even their first round playoff series at 1-1. SKA stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the contest that included a tally by ex-Canucks pick Sergei Shirokov. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 14:41 in the contest.

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