Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Donetsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 5-4-9, -5, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev was -1 in a big 18:13 of ice time in Yugra's 3-1 win over Donetsk. Yugra chased former NHLer Michael Leighton in the Second Period after he allowed 2 goals on 9 shots for the loss.
Chelyabinsk 5 vs. Ufa 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 16/20, 4.08 GAA, .800 sv%
Season totals: 21 GP, 10-7-4, 1 SO, 2.42 GAA, .919 sv%
It was a rare rough night for Andrey Vasilevskiy as he allowed 4 goals on 20 shots in Ufa's 5-3 loss to Traktor Chelyabinsk. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov had a goal in the loss for Ufa.
Nizhnekamsk 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 31/34, 3.00 GAA, .912 sv%
Season totals: 43 GP, 26-9-7, 7 SO, 1.95 GAA, .938 sv%
Ex-Lightning farmhand Dan Sexton had a goal for Nizhnekamsk in their 5-3 loss to Magnitogorsk. Metallurg got a goal from ex-Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare in the win.
Khanty-Mansiysk 6 vs. Dinamo Minsk 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 5-4-9, -4, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev increased his season scoring output by a full 50% with a 2 goal, 3 point performance against Minsk. The young forward did so in just 12:08 of ice time, finding the back of the net twice in the Second Period. Gusev also led all skaters with 6 shots on goal in the match.
Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Ufa 4 (SO)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, SO Win, 33/36, 2.77 GAA, .917 sv%
Season totals: 20 GP, 10-6-4, 1 SO, 2.33 GAA, .923 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Loss, 40/43, 2.77 GAA, .930 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 25-9-7, 7 SO, 1.93 GAA, .938 sv%
In a battle royal of Lightning Russian goaltending prospects, Andrey Vasilevskiy stopped both shooters he faced in the shootout to best Vasily Koshechkin in Ufa's 4-3 win over Magnitogorsk. Koshechkin, for his part, allowed 2 of 3 Ufa shooters to convert in the penalty shot session. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov had the opening goal of the match for Ufa.
Magnitogorsk 3 vs. CSKA 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 32/33, 1.00 GAA, .970 sv%
Season totals: 41 GP, 25-9-6, 7 SO, 1.90 GAA, .939 sv%
Ex-Predators first rounder Alex Radulov's Third Period goal was the only CSKA marker in their 3-1 loss to Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk. Radulov's goal was assisted by ex-Lightning defenseman Steve Eminger and Ilari Filppula. Metallurg got 2 goals from former Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin.
Ufa 4 vs. Bratislava 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 39/42, 3.02 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 12-14-4, 2 SO, 3.08 GAA, .893 sv%
Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov's penalty shot goal was the game winner in Ufa's 4-2 win over Slovan. The goal was Filatov's second of the contest. Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for Slovan. Andrey Vasilevskiy did not dress in the match for Ufa.
Dinamo Minsk 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 3-3-6, -7, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev had the winning shootout goal in Yugra's 3-2 victory over Minsk. He was 1 for 2 overall in the shootout and received 11:06 of ice time in the match. Ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums had a goal in the game for Minsk while ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had a helper for Yugra.
Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Dinamo Riga 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 33/35, 2.01 GAA, .943 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 24-9-6, 7 SO, 1.93 GAA, .938 sv%
Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 3 points for Magnitogorsk as they tripled up Dinamo Riga 6-2. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov had minor penalties for hooking and holding for Metallurg in the win.
Nizhnekamsk 4 vs. Bratislava 3 (OT)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 28/30, 2.35 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 29 GP, 12-13-4, 2 SO, 3.08 GAA, .891 sv%
Goaltender Jaroslav Janus replaced starter Miroslav Kopriva 10:21 into the First Period and ended up taking the backdoor loss as Bratislava fell 4-2 in overtime. Slovan got a power play goal and a shorthanded goal from former NHLer Miroslav Satan in the defeat.
Podolsk 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 4 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-3-6, -7, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on a Second Period goal by Alexei Kruchinin and scored in 2 out of 3 of his attempts on former Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund in the shootout to deliver Yugra a 4-3 win over Podolsk. The young forward was also +2 in his 12:15 of ice time in, undoubtedly, his finest statistical game of the season.
Elsewhere, Andrey Vasilevskiy did not dress for Ufa's 5-1 loss to Praha. Vasilevskiy is returning to Ufa from the Russian U20 junior team after their Bronze Medal performance at the U20 World Junior Championships.
Chelyabinsk 2 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 28 GP, 12-12-4, 2 SO, 3.11 GAA, .889 sv%
Ex-NHLer Branko Radivojevic's shorthanded goal for Slovan with 2:37 left in regulation made it interesting, but Bratislava still fell 2-1 to Chelyabinsk. Jaroslav Janus sat backup after being shelled in his last outing for the club.
Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Praha 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 40/42, 2.00 GAA, .952 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 23-9-6, 7 SO, 1.92 GAA, .938 sv%
Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 2 assists to help propel Magnitogorsk to a 4-2 win over Praha. The bigger story may have been netminder Vasily Koshechkin, though, who stopped 40 shots to help his club overcome a 42-33 shot deficit for the victory.
Novgorod 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 5
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 3-2-5, -9, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev was -2 in 13:37 of ice time in Yugra's 5-4 win over Novgorod. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had a helper in the win for Yugra.
Elsewhere, in Andrey Vasilevskiy's absence, Ufa bested CSKA 5-2.
With the U20 World Junior Championships now over, the KHL standing set up as follows for the Lightning's prospects:
Janus and Bratislava appear to be in dire straits in 12th place in the 14 team Western Conference, 10 points behind 8th place Yaroslavl.
Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk are a solid 3rd in the Eastern Conference, 5 points back of leader Ak Bars Kazan. Vasilevskiy's Ufa club sits just 5 points behind Magnitogorsk in 4th in the conference. Nikita Gusev's Yugra club also looks to be in trouble in 11th place in the 14 team Eastern Conference, 14 points back of 8th place Chelyabinsk.