Hanty-Mansiysk 4 @ Novokuznetsk 2
Denis Kazionov, Novokuznetsk, 0-0-0, E, 25 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 27 PIM
Denis Kazionov got thrown out of the game for spearing in 7:02 of ice time as Novokuznetsk fell to Yugra 4-2. Kazionov's penalty led to an Igor Skorokhodov power play goal that made the match 3-0 in the second period. Novokuznetsk got the game to 3-2 with a pair of power play goals of their own, but Skorokhodov scored a second goal with ten seconds left in regulation to seal Yugra's win. Skorokhodov currently leads Yugra in scoring after spending much of the past few seasons developing in Russia's lower leagues. He also leads the team in the number of "o's" in his name by two. Sorry Evgeny Khvostov, maybe next season.
Kazan 3 @ Nizhnekamsk 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 6 PIM
The elder Kazionov brother scored the game opening power play goal and logged 12:42 of ice time in Kazan's 3-1 win over Nizhnekamsk. The goal was Kazionov's first point of the season. Kazan also got goals from ex-NHLer Marcel Hossa and ex-Thrashers draft pick Ilya Nikulin.
Skelleftea 2 @ Sodertalje 0
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 26/28, 2.03 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-5-0, 0 SO, 2.77 GAA, .879 sv%
Riku Helenius made a good case to get his starting job back in Sodertalje with a solid 26 save performance, but received no goal support on the way to his fifth defeat of the season. Ex-Blues first rounder and current Senators prospect David Rundblad had a power play goal in the game.
Khabarovsk 1 @ Kazan 2 (OT)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 6 PIM
Scoreless for the season, Dmitri Kazionov was a scratch for Kazan's 2-1 overtime win against Khabarovsk. Former Thrashers draft pick Ilya Nikulin scored the overtime winner for Kazan.
Novokuznetsk 1 @ Omsk 4
Denis Kazionov, Novokuznetsk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
He's back! The younger Kazionov, Denis, had a power play assist in his second game for Novokuznetsk in 9:04 of ice time. Ex-NHLer Alex Perezhogin had a pair of goals for Omsk in the win. Former Lightning netminder Karri Ramo stopped 23 shots for the win.
Dynamo Minsk 1 @ Dynamo Riga 2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, DNP
Season totals: 14 GP, 6-4-10, +5, 20 PIM
Martins Karsums did not play in Riga's 2-1 win over Minsk.
Novokuznetsk 0 @ Dynamo Riga 3
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Martins Karsums was scoreless in 12:54 in Riga's 3-0 shutout win over Novokuznetsk. Riga goaltender Chris Holt stopped all 18 shots he faced.
Astana 2 @ Cherepovets 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 37/39, 2.00 GAA, .949 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .949 sv%
It's Vasily Koshechkin's fourth team he's played for in Russia, but the story remains the same. The big goaltender stopped 37 of 39 shots faced in his Cherepovets debut to help Severstal defeat Astana 5-2.
Former Lightning prospect Karri Ramo stopped 27 shots in Omsk's 4-3 win over Spartak Moscow. Who was in the other crease? Hockey legend Dominik Hasek allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss.
Mytischi fell 1-0 in a shootout to Novgorod, with the winning marker belonging to ex-Springfield Falcon Ryan Vesce. Mytischi was without the services of Lightning prospect Denis Kazionov, who was cut loose by the team earlier this month. No word, as of yet, on where the younger Kazionov brother will land.
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.
(8)Ekaterinburg 1 @ (1)Yulaev 8
Yulaev Wins the Series 3-1
Denis Kazionov, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 20 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Ekaterinburg's chance for a Cindarella ending came to a screeching hault in an 8-1 series clinching Game Four win by Yulaev. Ex-Predators forward Alexander Radulov had 1 goal and 3 assists in the game for Yulaev. Denis Kazionov played 11:59 in the match, completing his first full season as a regular KHL player.
(7)Chelyabinsk 2 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 3 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 3-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/32, 1.57 GAA, .938 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 3-1, 0 SO, 1.62 GAA, .944 sv%
Magnitogorsk ended the upset dreams of seventh seeded Chelyabinsk with a pair of goals by Denis Platonov, including the overtime winner. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov also had a goal for Magnitogorsk.
Three Lightning prospects have made it through to the conference semifinals in the KHL. In the East, 2nd seed Magnitogorsk and Vasily Koshechkin will square off against 3rd seed Kazan and Dmitri Kazionov. Meanwhile, in the West, Cindarella 8th seed Dynamo Riga and Martins Karsums will face 2nd seed KHK MVD.