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.
There was a little pearl in Erik Erlendsson's blog post about Dustin Tokarski being returned to Norfolk and Riku Helenius being assigned to Sodertalje of the Elitserien. The Lightning are apparently intersted in once again making an attempt to sign Russian star goaltender Vasily Koshechkin, who is currently playing for Magnitogorsk in the KHL. Koshechkin, a mammoth 6'6" netminder who was an 8th round pick in 2002, has 14 shutouts over the past two seasons, and arguably has been the best netminder in Russia over the past four seasons. The Lightning made multiple attempts to sign Koshechkin when Jay Feaster was the team's GM, but Koshechkin always chose to remain in Russia. Will Koshechkin, who turns 27 in March, now try his hand at the best hockey league in the world?
The post also mentions the possibility of Karri Ramo returning from Omsk of the KHL as well. Ramo has one more year remaining on his deal with Avangard, but he has an NHL out clause for a signing window this summer. It is believed Koshechkin will be a free agent this summer after he signed with Magnitogorsk earlier this year when his original deal with his longtime club Togliatti was voided after Lada couldn't meet payroll on multiple occassions.
Omsk 3 @ Yaroslavl 4
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 28/32, 4.07 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 36 GP, 20-15, 3 SO, 2.08 GAA, .912 sv%
Yaroslavl got a game winning goal from former Lightning forward Dimitry Afanasenkov, his 13th of the season, to help earn a 4-3 win over Karri Ramo and Omsk.
Ekaterinburg 3 @ Khabarovsk 2 (SO)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 4-3-7, -17, 16 PIM
Kazionov took a first period minor for charging and played 11:22 in the match. Ekaterinburg holds a 3 point lead over Novosibirsk for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Magnitogorsk 4 @ Novosibirsk 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 24/27, 2.78 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 21-18, 6 SO, 2.03 GAA, .925 sv%
Koshechkin stopped all three shooters he faced in the shootout. Sergei Fedorov had a goal for Magnitogorsk in the win.
Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Mytischi 3
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 3-11-14, -6, 32 PIM
Harju took a minor for diving after being held up by Oleg Kvasha and was 25% on draws in 16:11 of ice time. Former Lightning draft pick Vadim Epanchintsev had a pair of helpers in the match for Mytischi.
St. Petersburg 8 @ Dynamo Riga 1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
Karsums took a minor for tripping in 12:19 of ice time. St. Petersburg got 1 goal and 1 assist from former Lightning prospect Anton But in the win.
Novokuznetsk 2 @ Omsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-14, 3 SO, 2.05 GAA, .913 sv%
Jaromir Jagr scored the game winning goal for Omsk with 6:59 to go in the third period off an assist from former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov.
Kazan 6 @ Mytischi 2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 18-6-24, +7, 12 PIM
Kazionov played 14:17 in an amazing 3 point effort for Kazan. Former Lightning draft choices Vadim Epanchintsev and Alexei Glukhov each had helpers in the loss for Mytischi.
Dynamo Moscow 2 @ Ekaterinburg 5
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 4-3-7, -15, 12 PIM
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 3-11-14, -6, 28 PIM
The younger Kazionov brother didn't have a 3 point game, but he did play a team high 19:12 for Ekaterinburg. Johan Harju continued his second half trend of being a setup man, assisting on the game's opening goal while playing 13:05 and going 57% on draws.
KHK MVD 2 @ Chekhov 3 (OT)
Martins Karsums, KHK MVD, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Former NHLer Chris Simon scored the game winning goal for Chekhov and also had a helper in the match. Martins Karsums has yet to make his KHL debut for KHK MVD after being assigned to the club by the Lightning.
Dynamo Riga 3 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 29/32, 3.02 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 20-18, 6 SO, 2.01 GAA, .926 sv%
Koshechkin's season GAA popped back over 2.00 today in Magnitogorsk's 3-2 loss to Dynamo Riga. Former NHLer Stan Chistov scored both goals in the match for Magnitogorsk.
Kazan 2 @ Cherepovets 1 (SO)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 16-5-21, +6, 12 PIM
Dmitri Kazionov continues to ring the cash register for Kazan, scoring his 16th goal of the season in 16:01 of ice time in Ak Bars' 2-1 shootout win over Cherepovets. To put Kazionov's goal scoring in perspective, he had just 16 goals combined in the last two seasons for Kazan in the Superleague and KHL. His 21 points also ties his career highs set in the Superleague in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008.
Dynamo Moscow 2 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 3-10-13, -5, 28 PIM
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 42/44, 2.02 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 20-17, 6 SO, 1.98 GAA, .927 sv%
You can't say Johan Harju didn't try today with a team leading 7 shots on goal in his club's 2-1 win over Magnitogorsk. He also led all Dynamo forwards in ice time with 20:44 of playing time and he was 53% on draws. You also can't say Vasily Koshechkin didn't bring his A-game today, as he stopped 42 shots in the Magnitogorsk loss.
KHK MVD 1 @ CSKA 2 (SO)
Martins Karsums, KHK MVD, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Karsums is still waiting to make his season debut for KHK MVD, which fell 2-1 in a shootout to CSKA today. Former NHLer Nikos Dimitrakos had a goal in the match for CSKA.
Dynamo Minsk 4 @ Ekaterinburg 0
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 4-3-7, -16, 12 PIM
Denis Kazionov got back in the lineup today for Ekaterinburg, but the outcome remained the same as they were blanked 4-0 by Dynamo Minsk. Kazionov played 15:08 in the match.