Helenius, Riku

European Game Day: 2/26/11

Elitserien Regular Season
Sodertalje 1 @ MODO 2 (OT)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%

Former NHLer Ladislav Nagy had 1 goal and 1 assist to help lead MODO to a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over Sodertalje. Sodertalje did pick a point for the loss. They currently sit in 11th in the Elitserien, but are just 2 points back of MODO for the final playoff spot in the league and 1 point back of Timra for 10th, which would avoid the promotion/relegation round. There are 3 games remaining in the Elitserien regular season. Sodertalje's remaining schedule consists of Brynas (7th), Timra (10th), and HV 71 (2nd). Regulation wins are worth 3 points in the Swedish league.

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(5)Cherepovets 2 @ (4)Mytischi 1
Cherepovets Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 37/38, 1.00 GAA, .974 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 18-14-0, 2 SO, 2.92 GAA, .906 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-0-1, 0 SO, 1.86 GAA, .958 sv%

Forward Evgeny Ketov scored with just 50 seconds remaining in regulation to lift Cherepovets to a 2-1 win over Mytischi in Game Three of their opening round series. Ex-Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov assisted on Mytischi's only goal. Current Lightning overage prospect Vasily Koshechkin has been magnificent so far in this series, stopping 136 of the 142 shots he's faced in 3 games.

(7)Dynamo Riga 5 @ (2)Dynamo Moscow 1
Dynamo Riga Leads the Series 2-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM 0 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 17-15-32, -3, 46 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM

Martins Karsums assisted on a Tomas Surovy shorthanded goal and took minors for interference and hooking in 11:46 in Riga's 5-1 blowout win over Moscow. Ex-Predators draft pick Lauris Darzins had 1 goal and 2 assists for Riga in the victory.

European Game Day: 2/24/11

Elitserien Regular Season
Sodertalje 2 @ Djurgardens 0
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%

Pontus Sjogren made 30 saves to help Sodertalje shut out Djurgardens 2-0. With 4 games remaining in the regular season, 11th place Sodertalje is now tied with AIK at 66 points, and are now just 2 points back of 8th place Timra for the final playoff spot in the Elitserien. Sodertalje's next two games are against MODO and Brynas.

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Kazan 1 @ (7)Astana 0
Kazan Leads the Series 1-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 44 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 32 PIM
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Rangers farmhand Jarkko Immonen scored the game's only goal to lead Kazan to a 1-0 victory over Astana. Finnish net minder Petri Vehanen made 31 saves for the shutout.

KHL Wester Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Dynamo Moscow 8 @ (7) Dynamo Riga 4
Series Tied 1-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 17-15-32, -3, 46 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Ex-NHLer Chris Simon had a pair of goals as Moscow put an abominable snowman on the board against Riga to tie their opening round series at 1-1. Martins Karsums was scoreless in 14:38 in the match. Ex-Lightning draftee Ruslan Zainullin also had a helper in the match for Moscow.

(4)Mytischi 2 @ (5)Cherepovets 5
Series Tied 1-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 45/47, 2.00 GAA, .957 sv%
Season totals:
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 2.25 GAA, .952 sv%

Who needs defense when you have Vasya the Cat? Koshechkin, after making 49 saves in an overtime defeat in Game One made 45 saves in Game Two to help Cherepovets tie their opening round series with Mytischi at 1-1. Cherepovets is giving up an average of 52 shots a game, if you happen to be scoring at home. Ex-Lightning pick Fedor Fedorov had a goal in defeat for Mytischi.

Elitserien Game Day: 2/22/11

Skelleftea 4 @ Sodertalje 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%

Former NHLer Joakim Lindstrom scored a third period power play goal for Skelleftea to break a 3-3 tie and send Sodertalje to a 4-3 defeat. Former Blues first rounder David Rundblad had 3 assists in the game for Skelleftea. Sodertalje dropped to 12th in the 12 team Elitserien in the loss and is now 5 points out of a playoff spot and 1 point removed from avoiding the promotion/relegation round with 5 games remaining in the regular season.

Elitserien Game Day: 2/19/11

Sodertalje 2 @ Farjestads 6
Riku Helenius, Sodtertalje, Loss, 6.00 GAA
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%

Riku Helenius entered the game after one period, spelling starter Ponyus Sjogren, and allowed 4 goals the rest of the way to take the back door loss as Sodertalje fell to Farjestads 6-2. Sodertalje Is now 5 points out of a playoff spot and fell to 11th in the standings, meaning they would have to play in the relegation round.

Elitserien Game Day: 2/17/11

Sodertalje 0 @ Lulea 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-10-0, 0 SO, 2.89 GAA, .890 sv%

New York Islanders prospect Anders Nilsson stopped 25 shots to shutout Sodertalje 3-0. Sodertalje slipped 5 points out of a playoff spot with the loss and have a slim 2 point lead on 11th and 12th place MODO and Frolunda in the team's quest to avoid the Kval till Elitserien promotion/relegation stage. There are 7 games remaining in the Elitserien regular season.

Elitserien Game Day: 2/5/11

AIK 3 @ Sodertalje 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-10-0, 0 SO, 2.89 GAA, .890 sv%

Oscar Steen of AIK scored a power play goal 27 seconds into the third period to lift AIK to a 3-2 win over Sodertalje in a key late season Elitserien matchup. Ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll had a goal in the match for Sodertalje, which was his team leading 19th of the season, which is tied for 4th best in the league.

Sodertalje still holds a slim 1 point lead over Timra for 8th on the Elitserien table. But, with regulation wins counting as 3 points in Sweden, the truth is that the race for the final playoff spot and for avoiding the Kval till Elitserien promotion/relegation tournament is a near dead heat between 5 teams heading into the final 8 games of the regular season. Sodertalje sits in 8th at 63 points, Timra in 9th with 62, MODO in 10th with 61, and AIK and Frolunda are just one regulation win back at 60 points and occupying 11th and 12th, respectively. Unfortunately for Sodertalje, they have the second worst goal differential in the league (-25), so the tiebreak scenarios are not favorable to their cause.

The Elitserien is off until 2/17/11 for the LG Hockey Games.

European Game Day: 2/3/11

Elitserien
Linkopings 4 @ Sodertalje 0
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 25/29, 4.00 GAA, .862 sv%
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-10-0, 0 SO, 2.89 GAA, .890 sv%

Riku Helenius' momentum died at the hands of former Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena, who stopped all 24 shots he faced in Linkopings' 4-0 blanking of Sodertalje. Norrena also had an assist in the match. Former Lightning forward Jan Hlavac had an assist on Linkopings' opening goal, scored just 35 seconds into the match. Fortunately for Sodertalje, both MODO and Frolunda also lost today, so the club maintains its hold on the last playoff spot in the Elitserien by 3 points in the standings.

KHL
Kazan 6 @ Novgorod 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 30 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 7:07 in Kazan's 6-4 win over Novgorod. Former Ducks draft pick Janne Pesonen led Kazan with a pair of goals in the match. Novgorod's Matt Ellison, a former Hawks draft pick and Norfolk Admiral, was the high man in the match with 1 goal and 3 points for Novgorod. The KHL will be off until February 14th for the KHL All-Star Game and the LG Hockey Games.

European Game Day: 2/1/11

Elitserien
Sodertalje 3 @ Frolunda 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 28/30, 2.00 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 4-9-0, 0 SO, 2.81 GAA, .892 sv%

Can you feel the Riku-mentum? Riku Helenius won his second consecutive start leading Sodertalje to a 3-2 win over Frolunda. The victory propels his team into sole posession of the 8th spot on the Elitserien table, representing the last playoff spot in the league, with just 10 games to go in the regular season. Ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll scored a pair of goals to help provide the offensive support for Helenius in the match.

KHL
Kazan 5 @ Mytischi 2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 30 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 10:45 in Kazan's 5-2 blowout win over Mytischi. Ex-Lightning first rounder Nikita Alexeev scored his 2nd goal of the season in the win for Kazan.

Dynamo Riga 1 @ CSKA 2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 15-13-28, -4, 46 PIM

Martins Karsums was scoreless in 16:41 in Riga's 2-1 loss to CSKA. Ex-Avs pick Denis Parshin scored the game-winning goal for CSKA.

European Game Day: 1/29/11

Elitserien
Lulea 1 @ Sodertalje 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-9-0, 0 SO, 2.88 GAA, .888 sv%

A very well rested Riku Helenius, who hasn't seen a start in about a month for Sodertalje, stopped 29 shots today in the club's 3-1 win over Lulea. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll scored the game winning goal. Sodertalje maintained a 3 point lead over 11th place AIK in their quest to avoid the Kval till Elitserien and actually pulled into a tie with Frolunda and MODO at 60 points in the standings. As of today, MODO would have the tiebreak and finish in 8th place and get a playoff berth. Suddenly, though, Sodertalje not only has the chance to miss the promotion/relegation tournament, but they might actually see playoff hockey. Amazing. Wouldn't it be neat if Helenius helped lead them there?

KHL
Novosibirsk 2 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 29 GP, 15-14-0, 2 SO, 3.03 GAA, .906 sv%

Rostislav Stana got the start for Cherepovets and made 25 saves in their 4-2 win over Novosibirsk. Cherepovets got a goal from former Lightning forward Martin Cibak in the match, which was his 8th of the season.

Elitserien Game Day: 1/27/11

Djurgardens 1 @ Sodertalje 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-9-0, 0 SO, 3.04 GAA, .880 sv%

Starter Pontus Sjogren had 22 saves to lead Sodertalje to a 2-1 win over Djurgardens. Sodertalje now holds a 3 point lead in the standings over AIK and Timra in their quest to avoid the Kval till Elitserien.

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