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European Game Day: 3-11-10

KHL Playoffs (Russia)

3-11-10
Eastern Conference

(1)Yulaev 5 @ (8)Ekaterinurg 1
Yulaev Leads the Series 1-0
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM, 6 SOG
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 20 PIM
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM

This probably won't end well for Ekaterinurg. Top seed Yulaev got goals from five different goal scorers as they blew out Ekaterinburg in Game One of their opening round playoff series. Lightning prospect Denis Kazionov played 14:54 in the match and led his team with 6 shots on goal. He also took three aggressive minor penalties for cross checking, charging, and roughing. It's a hat trick of minor penalty nastiness.

(2)Magnitogorsk 5 @ (7)Chelyabinsk 2
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 35/37, 2.00 GAA, .946 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .946 sv%

Magnitogorsk thumped Chelyabinsk 5-2 despite being outshot 37-33 in the contest. Former NHLers Sergei Fedorov and Stan Chistov each had 1 goal and 1 assist for Magnitogorsk in the victory.

(3)Kazan 4 @ (6)Astana 3 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 1-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM

Former NHLer Niko Kapanen had a pair of goals for Kazan as they defeated Astana in their opening game of the KHL playoffs. The elder Kazionov played 22:53 in the match for Kazan.

(4)Nizhnekamsk 2 @ (5)Omsk 0
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 20/22, 2.02 GAA, .909 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 21-17-4, 4 SO, 2.11 GAA, .913 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0. 0 SO, 2.02 GAA, .909 sv%

This much I know to be true: if your team can't score a goal for you, you can't win a playoff game as a goaltender.

Western Conference
(1)St. Petersburg 1 @ (8)Riga 3
Riga Leads the Series 2-0
Martins Karsums, Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +7, 16 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

I smell upset. Riga got 1 goal and 2 assists from Martin Kariya to help defeat St. Petersburg 3-1 and stake Riga to a 2-0 lead over the top seed in their opening round playoff series. Martins Karsums played 17:55 in the match.

(3)Dynamo Moscow 0 @ (6)Spartak Moscow
Spartak Leads the Series 2-0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 8 PIM

Unfortunately, an upset may also be in the offing for Spartak over Dynamo Moscow as well. Former Flyers farm hand Stefan Rucizka assisted on the only goal of the match by Evgeny Lapenkov. Johan Harju played just 10:43 in the match and was 38% on draws.

Elitserien (Sweden)

Sodertalje 3 @ MODO 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 31/33, 2.00 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-2-2, 0 SO, 2.60 GAA, .918 sv%

After sitting backup the past two games, Helenius was back in net for Sodertalje, backstopping them to a 3-2 win over MODO. Former NHLer Markus Naslund had 1 goal and 1 assist in the match for MODO. Sodertalje's regular season concludes on Saturday against Farjestads. They sit 11th in the 12 team league and will miss the playoffs.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-10-10

Western Conference
(1)St. Petersburg 0 @ (8)Riga 2
Riga Leads the Series 1-0
Martins Karsums, Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +7, 16 PIM
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Martin Kariya had a goal in Riga's 2-0 shutout victory over top seeded St. Petersburg in Game One of their opening round playoff series. Lightning prospect Martins Karsums played 18:28 in the match for Riga.

(3)Dynamo Moscow 3 @ (6)Spartak Moscow 4 (OT)
Spartak Leads the Series 1-0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 1-0-1, -1, 8 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 8 PIM

Johan Harju scored a goal in his KHL playoff debut, but it was not enough as Kirill Knayzev scored the overtime winner to lift Spartak to a 1-0 series lead in the opening round of the KHL playoffs. Harju also had minor penalties for tripping, roughing, hooking, and interference and was 60% on the 25 draws he took in the match.

KHL Game Day: 3-7-10

The final day of the KHL regular season...

Astana 5 @ Dynamo Moscow 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM

Harju played 8:51 in the match and was 50% on draws. Former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl scored his 26th goal of the season in the match for Dynamo. Dynamo is the 3rd seed in the KHL Western Conference. They draw 6th seed Spartak Moscow in round one of the playoffs.

Omsk 2 @ Dynamo Minsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 17/20, 3.03 GAA, .850 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 21-17-4, 4 SO, 2.11 GAA, .913 sv%

Ramo and Omsk have yet to win a game since the Olympic Break. Omsk is the 5th seed in the KHL Eastern Conference and will draw 4th seed Nizhnekamsk in the opening round of the playoffs.

Yulaev 6 @ Dynamo Riga 4
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +7, 16 PIM

Karsums played 17:27 in the match for Riga. Marcel Hossa scored his 35th goal of the season in the match for Riga. Riga is the 8th seed in the KHL's Western Conference and draws top seed St. Petersburg to start the playoffs.

St. Petersburg 1 @ Ekaterinburg 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 20 PIM

Kazionov played 16:21 in the match for Ekateriburg. Former NHLer Alexei Yashin had St. Petersburg's only goal. Ekaterinburg defied tremendous odds to squeak past Novosibirsk by 1 point to claim the 8th and final playoff seed in the KHL's Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, that means they get juggernaut Yulaev in the first round. Good luck with that.

Mytischi 4 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 23/27, 4.45 GAA, .852 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%

Koshechkin was lifted in the third period for backup Dimitry Voloshin. Former Lightning prospects Alexei Glukhov and Vadim Epanchintsev each had helpers in the match for Mytischi. Magnitogorsk is the 2nd seed in the KHL Eastern Conference and will face 7th seed Chelyabinsk in round one.

Yaroslavl 4 @ Kazan 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM

Kazionov played 15:22 in the match. Former NHLer Josef Vasicek had his 21st goal of the season in the match for Yaroslavl. Kazan gets the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference and draws 6th seed Astana in round one.

All Lightning prospects in Russia are on clubs that made the postseason. The playoffs begin March 11th.

Keep an eye on Harju, Koshechkin, and Ramo. All three may be targets to be signed by the Lightning once their seasons conclude.

KHL Game Day: 3-5-10

Astana 3 @ Dynamo Riga 5
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 16 PIM

Karsums played 14:35 in the match, and scored an empty net goal with 3 seconds left in the game to seal the deal for Riga.

Omsk 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, DNP
Season totals: 54 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM

Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 34/36, 1.85 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 43 GP, 21-16-4, 4 SO, 2.09 GAA, .914 sv%

Ramo allowed 2 out of 3 shooters he faced in the shootout to convert as Omsk fell in the penalty shot session. Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a goal in the match for Omsk.

St. Petersburg 3 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 24/27, 3.01 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 48 GP, 25-15-8, 8 SO, 1.92 GAA, .928 sv%

Former NHLers Sergei Zubov and Alexei Yashin each had 2 helpers for St. Petersburg.

Cherepovets 2 @ Ekaterinburg 3
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 5-3-8, -17, 18 PIM

Kazionov played 14:37 in the match.

KHK MVD 2 @ Kazan 3 (SO)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM

The elder Kazionov played 13:45 in the match and assisted on a third period goal by former Sharks draft pick Hannes Hyvonen. Former NHLer Alexei Morozov also had a goal in the match for Kazan.

KHL Game Day: 3-3-10

Back from the Olympic Break...

Omsk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 5
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-1-2, +4, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-3-6, +6, 14 PIM

Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 20/24, 4.03 GAA, .833 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 21-16, 4 SO, 2.10 GAA, .913 sv%

Fresh off a solid performance for Latvia in the Olympics, Karsums had 1 goal and 1 assist in 20:26 in a solid drubbing on Avangard Omsk. KHL goal scoring leader Marcel Hossa scored his 33rd and 34th goal of the season in the match for Riga.

Yulaev 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM

Harju led Dynamo in shots on goal in 12:34 but could not crack former NHLer Vitaly Kolesnik in their 3-0 shutout loss to the East's first place team, Yulaev. Harju was 54% on draws in the match.

Cherepovets 1 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 24/25, 1.00 GAA, .960 sv%
Season totals: 47 GP, 25-14, 8 SO, 1.89 GAA, .929 sv%

Former Coyotes first round pick Viktor Tikhonov scored his 14th goal of the season in support of Koshechkin in Magnitogorsk's 2-1 win.

Mytischi 3 @ Ekaterinburg 2 (SO)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 18 PIM

The younger Kazionov brother played 16:04 in the match and had a team high 4 shots on goal for Ekaterinburg. Former Lightning draft pick Vadim Epanchintsev had an assist in the match for Mytischi.

Spartak Moscow 1 @ Kazan 3
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 18-8-26, +9, 16 PIM

The elder Kazionov played 15:17 in the match for Kazan.

KHL Game Day: 2-7-10

Kazan 1 @ Yulaev 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 49 GP, 18-7-25, +8, 16 PIM

Yulaev scored 4 unanswered goals after falling behind 1-0 on an Alexei Morozov goal.

Ekaterinburg 6 @ Chelyabinsk 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 18 PIM

Kazionov played 13:42 in the match and took a first period penalty for tripping.

Togliatti 3 @ Omsk 2 (SO)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 23/25, 1.85 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 41 GP, 21-15, 4 SO, 2.05 GAA, .915 sv%

Ramo allowed 1 of 3 shooters to defeat him in the penalty shot session. Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in the match for Omsk.

Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Novgorod 3 (OT)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 53 GP, 4-13-17, -8, 38 PIM

Harju played 10:12 in the match and was 83% on draws. His lifelong teammate Linus Omark had 2 assists in the game for Dynamo.

Dynamo Riga 1 @ CSKA 2 (SO)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 14 PIM

Karsums played 17:49 in the match and failed in his shootout attempt. Blue Jackets prospect Nikita Filatov had a goal for CSKA.

KHL Game Day: 2-5-10

Magnitogorsk 3 @ Ekaterinburg 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 16/16, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 46 GP, 24-14, 8 SO, 1.91 GAA, .928 sv%

Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 16 PIM

Former NHLer Stan Chistov had 1 goal and 1 assist and Vasily Koshechkin made light work in a 16 save shutout over Ekaterinurg. Kazionov played 10:00 in the match for Ekaterinburg.

Kazan 3 @ Omsk 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 49 GP, 18-7-25, +8, 16 PIM

Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 24/27, 3.04 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 21-15, 4 SO, 2.06 GAA, .915 sv%

Kazionov missed his third game in a row for Kazan. Ak Bars got 1 goal and 1 assist from Kazan in the victory.

Dynamo Moscow 8 @ Chekhov 3
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 4-13-17, -8, 38 PIM

Harju pulled himself out of his recent slump with back to back goals scored by his line late in the first period. Harju's lifelong teammate Linus Omark, an Edmonton prospect, notched his 20th goal of the season on Harju's helper. Harju played 13:41 in the match and was 64% on draws.

Dynamo Riga 3 @ Novgorod 2 (SO)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 14 PIM

Karsums was scoreless in 17:42 of ice time. Ex Shark and Islanders prospect Mike Iggulden scored his 13th goal of the season in the match for Riga.

European Game Day: 2-2-10

Elitserien (Sweden)
Sodertalje 1 @ Linkopings 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 21/24, 3.20 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 1-1-0, 0 SO, 2.58 GAA, .917 sv%

Helenius was bested by former Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena of Linkopings in the match. Former Lightning forward Jan Hlavac also had an assist in the game for Linkopings.

KHL (Russia)
Dynamo Moscow 3 @ CSKA 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 3-11-14, -8, 38 PIM

Harju has gone cold again after having fair success as a setup man between late December and early January. Harju played 10:22 today and was 50% on draws. He also took a matching roughing minor at the conclusion of the second period. Veteran forward Alexei Kaluzhny had 2 goals in the match for Dynamo.

KHL Game Day: 1-28-10

Omsk 2 @ KHK MVD 0
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 31/31, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 21-15, 4 SO, 2.00 GAA, .916 sv%

Former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov assisted on both Omsk goals as Karri Ramo notched his 4th shutout of the season. Ramo is now tied for 4th in the league in shutouts behind fellow Lightning prospect V. Koshechkin (7), former NHLer Robert Esche (6), and Yarolslav netminder Georgy Gelashvili (6).

Ekaterinburg 3 @ Noovosibirsk 4
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 5-3-8, -17, 16 PIM

Kazionov played 9:20 in the match and scored his 5th goal of the season, but it wasn't enough to lift Ekaterinburg to victory in a critical battle for the last playoff spot in the KHL's Eastern Conference. Novosibirsk moved into a tie with Ekaterinburg and Khabarovsk at 54 points, but Novosibirsk holds 8th in the conference by virtue of the one game in hand they hold over both clubs. Former Lightning forward Alex Kharitonov had his 3rd goal of the season in the match for Novosibirsk.

Magnitogorsk 4 @ Novokuznetsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/30, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 23-18, 7 SO, 1.95 GAA, .928 sv%

Koshechkin notched his league leading 7th shutout of the season to help Magnitogorsk keep pace with Yulaev just 2 points out of first place in the Eastern Conference. Former Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov had his 5th goal of the season in the match for Metallurg. Koshechkin is 2nd in the KHL in wins behind only former NHLer Robert Esche (26).

Cherepovets 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 3-11-14, -7, 36 PIM

Harju played 15:49 in the match and was 46% on draws. Harju's lifelong teammate and Edmonton Oilers prospect Linus Omark scored his 19th goal of the season in the loss for Dynamo.

Mytischi 5 @ Dynamo Riga 6 (OT)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 14 PIM

Karsums played 11:43 in the match and notched a goal and also assisted on a goal by former NHLer Tyler Arnason. Marcel Hossa scored his league leading 30th goal of the season in the match for Riga.

KHL Game Day: 1-26-10

Omsk 1 @ Spartak Moscow 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, No Decision, 4/4, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 37 GP, 20-15, 3 SO, 2.06 GAA, .913 sv%

Ramo left today's game after playing 19:26 in the first period and stopping all 4 shots he faced. Former Lightning center Martin Cibak scored his 16th goal of the season for Spartak in the match.

Ekaterinurg 0 @ Novokuznetsk 4
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 4-3-7, -18, 16 PIM

Kazionov played 12:38 in the match. Former Lightning draft pick Albert Vishnyakov had his 11th goal of the season in the match for Novokuznetsk.

Magnitogorsk 4 @ Khabarovsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 43 GP, 22-18, 6 SO, 2.00 GAA, .926 sv%

Magnitogorsk sits in second place in the KHL's Eastern Conference, just 2 points behind first place Yulaev.

St. Petersburg 1 @ Dynamo Moscow 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 3-11-14, -7, 32 PIM

Harju played 16:11 in the match and was 44% on draws. Former Lightning forward Nils Ekman scored the only goal of the game for St. Petersburg.

Cherepovets 3 @ Dynamo Riga 4 (SO)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, -1, 12 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 14 PIM

Karsums played 14:55 in the match and was charged with a minor for cross checking and a misconduct in the game. Cherepovets was led by a pair of goals from former NHLer Marcel Hossa, who now leads the league with 29.

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