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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.