Koshechkin, Vasily

Koshechkin to Mytischi?

Russian website championat.ru is reporting a rumor sourced to Sport-Express that goaltender Vasily Koshechkin may possibly play next season for KHL club Mytischi. Koshechkin split last season between Togliatti and Magnitogorsk of the KHL and was reportedly an option to be signed by the Lightning this summer if ex-GM Brian Lawton had remained in Tampa Bay. Mytischi added Lightning prospect Denis Kazionov to its roster earlier this offseason and recently re-signed former Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov.

World Championships Game Day: 5-23-10

Gold Medal Match
Russia 1 @ Czech Republic 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%

Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves and held Russia scoreless until a late empty-net goal by Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk as the Czech Republic stunned Russia 2-1 to win World Championships gold. Russian starter Semyon Varlamov had 23 saves in the loss. Russia gets the silver medal. The Lightning must now decide if they want to pursue the services of goaltender Vasily Koshechkin, who was 3-0-0 in the tournament for the Russians.

Bronze Medal Match
Sweden 3 @ Germany 1
Victor Hedman, Sweden, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, +5, 6 PIM

Johan Harju, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 9 GP, 4-1-5, -1, 4 PIM

Oilers 1st round pick Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson scored his 5th goal of the World Championships and the Leafs' Jonas Gustavsson made 20 saves as Sweden defeated home country Germany 3-1 to secure the bronze medal. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman played 14:28 in the match and took a roughing minor late in the third period. Lightning prospect forward Johan Harju played 17:15, but was on the ice for Germany's lone goal by Alexander Barta. Both Harju and Hedman, obviously, are under contract to the Lightning and will be coming to training camp for the club in the Fall.

World Championships Game Day: 5-22-10

Semifinals
Sweden 2 @ Czech Republic 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Sweden, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Tournament totals: 8 GP, 4-1-5, E, 4 PIM

Victor Hedman, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 8 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM

Karel Rachunek scored a goal with 8 second left in regulation to force overtime and Jan Marek scored the winning goal in the shootout to propel the Czech Republic to the World Championships finals over Sweden. Lightning prospect forward Johan Harju had Sweden's opening goal, a power play marker, and led Sweden with 8 shots on goal in 20:02 of ice time, the second highest ice time total of any Swedish forward. Unfortunately, Harju was on the ice for Rachunek's tying goal, which is the lone blemish in an otherwise outstanding game for the big power forward. Harju's goal was his 4th of the World Championships, which actually ties his goal scoring total of the entire regular season for Dynamo Moscow in the KHL. For Harju, who before this tournament was last seen leaving the ice injured in the second-to-last game of a disappointing first round playoff exit for Dynamo, this World Championships has reasserted the big forward's pedigree as a poor-man's Johan Franzen. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman played 20:25 in the match and was on the ice for a Czech goal by Tomas Mojzis. Sweden will play home country Germany in the bronze medal game tomorrow.

Russia 2 @ Germany 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 26/27, 1.00 GAA, .963 sv%
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%

Russian coach Slava Bykov went with Lightning prospect goaltender Vasily Koshechkin in their semifinal match against home country Germany, and the 6'6" netminder did not disappoint as he remained unbeaten and untied in the tournament making 26 saves on 27 shots faced for the win. Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk scored the winning goal for the Russians with just 1:50 left in regulation to punch their ticket for the gold medal game against the Czech Republic. It will be interesting to see if the Lightning make any moves to sign Koshechkin at the end of the tournament, which will come to a close tomorrow. Ex-GM Brian Lawton reportedly had serious interest in bringing in the 2002 8th round pick next season.

World Championships Game Day: 5-20-10

Quarterfinals
Sweden 4 @ Denmark 2
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 3-1-4, +1, 4 PIM

Victor Hedman, Sweden, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, +5, 4 PIM

Lightning forward prospect Johan Harju assisted on a goal by longtime linemate Linus Omark in support of Sweden's 4-2 Quarterfinals win over Denmark. Harju played 18:15 in the match and also took a minor for tripping. Lightning blueliner Victor Hedman played 15:00 in the match for the Swedes. He took a minor for slashing in the game. Sweden advances to play the Czech Republic in the semifinals.

Russia 5 @ Canada 2
Steven Stamkos, Canada, 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, E, 10 PIM

Steve Downie, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 18 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 2-0-2, +2, 28 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%

Russia got a pair of goals by Evgeni Malkin and 3 assists from Ilya Kovalchuk as they stomped Canada 5-2. Lightning star Steven Stamkos played 14:53 in the match and took minors for boarding and hooking. Fellow Lightning forward Steve Downie played 10:47 and took minors for boarding and roughing before a chippy third period when he took minors for roughing, slashing, and a 10 minute misconduct for an altercation with Sergei Fedorov. Russia advances to play home country Germany in the semifinals. Canada's tournament is now over.

World Championships Game Day: 5-16-10

Relegation Round
France 0 @ USA 4
Mike Lundin, USA, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Scott Clemmensen had a mind blowingly light 10 save shutout to move USA to 2-0-0 in the Relegation Round at the World Championships. Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin got his first point of the tournament in the match, a helper on a goal by Brandon Dubinsky, in 13:49 of ice time.

Qualifying Round
Denmark 1 @ Russia 6
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 30/31, 1.00 GAA, .968 sv%
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%

Pavel Datsyuk had 3 goals and 1 assist as Russia pummeled Denmark 6-1. Lightning prospect netminder Vasily Kosehchkin stopped 30 of 31 shots faced in his second start of the tournament. The effort knocked his gaudy save percentage down from a mark of .970 to a mere .969.

Latvia 5 @ Norway 0
Martins Karsums, Latvia, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 3-1-4, +5, 2 PIM

Latvia got 2 goals from Janis Sprukts as they dismantled Norway 5-0. Edgars Masalskis stopped all 30 shots he faced for the shutout for the Latvians. Lightning prospect forward Martins Karsums played 15:33 in the match.

Germany 1 @ Belarus 2 (OT)
Kirill Gotovets, Belarus, DNP
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

Belarus got an overtime goal from Alexei Kalyuzhny (easy for you to say) 4:45 into the extra session to upend home country Germany 2-1. Lightning prospect defenseman Kirill Gotovets did not dress for the match.

Sweden 3 @ Canada 1
Johan Harju, Sweden, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament toals: 5 GP, 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM

Victor Hedman, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM

Steve Downie, Canada, 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 2-0-2, +2, 10 PIM

Steven Stamkos, Canada, DNP
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM

"Big Joe" Harju opened to scoring for Sweden, which defeated Canada 3-1. Harju Played 16:35 in the match. Sweden also got a pair of goals by forward Jonas Andersson. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman played 18:34 for the Swedes. At the other end of the ice, Lightning forward Steve Downie played 13:10 in the match and was on the ice for a goal by Brooks Laich, Canada's only goal of the match. Lightning star Steven Stamkos missed his second game after being concussed against Switzerland and ex-Lightning defenseman Timo Helbling.

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