European Game Day: 3-24-12

SM-liiga Quarterfinals (Finland):
(5)Assat 1 @ (4)JYP 2
JYP Leads the Series 2-0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 31/32, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .971 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

You know you're playing amazing hockey as a goaltender when you stop 31 of 32 in a victory and your save percentage actually gets worse because of the effort. That's how embarrassingly well Riku Helenius has played in his first 2 games of the SM-liiga playoffs, though, helping to stake JYP to a 2-0 series lead. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin was the first star of Game Two, assisting on both of JYP's goals. Game Three is Monday.

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals (Russia):
Caps first rounder Evgeny Kuznetsov had a pair of goals to lead Chelyabinsk to a series clinching 4-1 win over Kazan. Traktor takes the series 4-2. Nikita Nesterov did not play in the match. The KHL Eastern Conference Finals begin Thursday with Chelyabinsk facing Omsk and former Lightning netminder Karri Ramo, which was the 2 seed. The entire Eastern Conference bracket has been chalk so far.