Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Bratislava 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 26/28, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 22-9-6, 7 SO, 1.92 GAA, .937 sv%
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 15/21, 10.85 GAA, .714 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 12-12-4, 2 SO, 3.11 GAA, .889 sv%
Jaroslav Janus was pulled 13:10 into the Second Period after former Capitals draft pick Oscar Osala's goal made it 6-0 as Magnitogorsk boat raced Slovan by a final tally of 6-2. Osala finished with 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory.
Kazan 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 3-2-5, -7, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev's goal, his first point in months, was not enough for Yugra as they were doubled up by Ak Bars Kazan 4-2. Kazan got a goal by former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov, his 8th of the campaign, in the victory.
Elsewhere, sans-Andrey Vasilevskiy Ufa defeated Riga 4-3 in overtime. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov had the winner for Ufa.
Yaroslavl 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 17/19, 2.04 GAA, .895 sv%
Season totals: 37 GP, 21-9-6, 7 SO, 1.92 GAA, .937 sv%
Yaroslavl overcame a goal by former Detroit farmhand Francis Pare to defeat Magnitogorsk 3-1. Loko tacked on an empty net goal with under a minute to close out the tightly contested victory.
Dinamo Riga 1 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 38/39, 1.00 GAA, .974 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 12-11-4, 2 SO, 2.94 GAA, .894 sv%
Jaroslav Janus helped Slovan overcome a 39-20 shot deficit to defeat Riga 3-1.
Cherepovets 0 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 29/29, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 36 GP, 21-8-6, 7 SO, 1.92 GAA, .938 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin posted his league leading 7th shutout of the campaign in Magnitigorsk's 4-0 win over his former club, Cherepovets. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov had a pair of helpers in the victory. The older Kazionov now has 1 goal and 7 points in 32 games this season.
Bratislava 4 vs. Nizhnekamsk 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 21/23, 2.00 GAA, .913 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 11-11-4, 2 SO, 3.02 GAA, .889 sv%
Ex-Sabres draft pick Michal Vondrka had a pair of goals to lead Slovan to a 4-2 win over Nizhnekamsk. Jaroslav Janus got his season record back to .500 with the win.
Spartak Moscow 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 6
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 22/23, 1.00 GAA, .957 sv%
Season totals: 35 GP, 20-8-6, 6 SO, 1.97 GAA, .936 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk played the role of The Grinch to Spartak, beating them 6-1 on Christmas Day. Ex-Lightning draft pick and current Metallurg assistant captain Dmitri Kazionov had a helper in the victory. Recently added Francis Pare, a former Detroit farmhand, was on the other end of the helper and had 2 goals in the win.
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Khabarovsk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-2-4, -7, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev played just 4:01 in Yugra's 3-2 loss to Khabarovsk. He got 6 shifts in the entire game. 6.
Cherepovets 5 vs. Ufa 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 19 GP, 10-6-3, 1 SO, 2.31 GAA, .923 sv%
Tis the season for Andrey Vasilevskiy, who did not dress for Ufa, to be preparing for the WJC's. In his absence, his club fell 5-3 today to Cherepovets. Ex-NHLers Anton Babchuk and Bent Sopel each had helpers in defeat for Ufa.
Mytischi 0 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 41/41, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-8-6, 6 SO, 2.00 GAA, .936 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin masterfully turned away 41 shots to help Metallurg blank Mytischi 1-0. Ex-Florida Everblade Chris Lee had the lone goal of the contest. Lee leads all KHL defensemen in scoring. Koshechkin's shutout marks back to back shutouts for the 6'6" tall netminder. He's now tied with 2 others for the KHL lead in shutouts.
CSKA 4 vs. Bratislava 5
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 34/38, 4.00 GAA, .895 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 10-10-4, 2 SO, 2.89 GAA, .892 sv%
Jaroslav Janus evened his season record at 10-10-4 in Bratislava's 5-4 win over CSKA. Slovan got goals from ex-Lightning blueline prospects Vladimir Mihalik and Michal Sersen in the win. CSKA got goals from former NHLers Alexander Frolov and Oleg Saprykin in defeat.