KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Jokerit 4 vs. (7)Novgorod 6
Novgorod Leads the Series 1-0
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM
Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev had a pair of goals to help propel Novgorod to a 6-4 Game One win over Jokerit Helsinki. Jokerit got 2 goals and 3 points from ex-Isles and Oilers forward Jesse Joenssuu in defeat.
(3)Yaroslavl 3 vs. (6)St. Petersburg 2 (OT)
Yaroslavl Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on the game-opening power play goal for SKA in their 3-2 OT loss to Yaroslavl. He played 21:28 in the contest. The helper was Gusev's first career KHL playoff point. Ex-Sabres first rounder Jiri Novotny had the OT winner for Yaroslavl in the Game One victory.