KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-15-16

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(1)CSKA 3 vs. (7)Novgorod 2
CSKA Wins the Series 4-1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 38 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton had a minor for holding late in the Third Period in Novgorod's elimination game 3-2 loss to CSKA. Ashton's penalty dampened a late game comeback from his club, and by going scoreless in 14:49 of ice time, he finished the playoffs without a point in 9 appearances. Ex-Blues second rounder Simon Hjalmarsson led with way with 2 goals, including a shorthanded goal, in the win. Given Ashton's fairly underwhelming season in Russia, it seems unlikely the Lightning will make any moves to retain his rights this summer.

(5)Dynamo Moscow 1 vs. (6)St. Petersburg 4
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 4-9-13, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and an even strength helper in 14:26 of ice time in SKA's huge 4-1 Game Five win over Dynamo Moscow. Ex-University of New Hampshire forward Steve Moses also had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory.