KHL Game Day: 12-26-12
Astana 4 vs. Mytischi 2
Victor Hedman, Astana, DNP
Season totals: 26 GP, 1-19-20, +18, 70 PIM
Victor Hedman did not play for Astana in today's match after earning a misconduct late in their last match. Ex-Lightning draft pick Ilya Solarev had a helper in the victory for Astana on a goal by former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski. Astana plays Yaroslavl next on Friday.
Ekaterinburg 3 vs. Khabarovsk 4 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 10 GP, 2-3-5, +4, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 16 GP, 2-4-6, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless and -1 in 15:07 in Khabarovsk's 4-3 shootout win over Ekaterinburg. The young forward was also stopped in the opening shootout attempt by Amur. However, another Gusev, former Lightning defenseman Sergei Gusev, had a pair of helpers in the win for Khabarovsk. They face Chelyabinsk on Friday.
Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. Bratislava 1 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Shootout Loss, 33/34, 0.92 GAA, .971 sv%
Season totals: 33 GP, 18-11-4, 4 SO, 2.14 GAA, .931 sv%
Bratislava goaltender Jaroslav Janus was strafed for 3 conversions on 4 attempts in the penalty shot session in their 2-1 shootout loss to Dynamo Moscow. NHLer Alexander Ovechkin scored the only regulation goal of the match for Dynamo. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil was also one of the successful shooters in the shootout for Dynamo. Slovan faces St. Petersburg next on Friday.
Elsewhere, Chelyabinsk defeated Novokuznetsk 3-1 with defenseman Nikita Nesterov away at the U20 World Junior Championships, which are taking place in Ufa.