Togliatti 3 @ Chelyabinsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 14/16, 2.00 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 14 GP, 7-7, 2 SO, 2.20 GAA, .920 sv%
It's been a long haul, but Koshechkin has managed to even his record at .500 for the season. Togliatti has been the beneficiary, creeping up to 6th in the standings in their conference with today's win.
Kazan 4 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 6 PIM
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-1-5, -4, 10 PIM
Little brother Denis won the battle on the scoresheet, assisting on Ekaterinburg's only goal, but older brother Dimitry's team Kazan won the war. Denis played 12:24 in the match while Dimitry had 14:07 in ice time. Kazan was led by former NHLer Alexei Morozov, who had 2 goals and an assist in the match.
Dynamo Moscow 6 @ Khabarovsk 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-2-3, -5, 8 PIM
Harju has had 11 shots in the past two games, but still can't seem to buy a goal. His lifelong teammate Linus Omark, however, had 2 goals in the match. Dynamo also got a pair of goals from former NHLer Vitali Yachmenev as well.
Togliatti 5 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 6-7, 2 SO, 2.22 GAA, .922 sv%
Togliatti and Koshechkin continue to ride the roller coaster this season. Today, Lada managed to knock off first place Magnitogorsk. Former NHL first rounder Stan Chistov had the only goal of the match for Magnitogorsk.
Kazan 3 @ Chelyabinsk 2 (OT)
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 4-1-5, -4, 10 PIM
Kazionov got back on track, notching his 4th goal of the season in 12:01 of ice time. Former NHLer, and arguably the best player in the KHL, Alexei Morozov scored the overtime winner for Kazan.
Nizhnekamsk 7 @ Ekaterinburg 6
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-1-2, -3, 6 PIM
Ekaterinburg's freshman kicker must have missed the extra point. The younger Kazionov played 8:11 in the match, and assisted on Alexander Streltsov's first goal of the season.
Dynamo Moscow 3 @ Novosibirsk 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-2-3, -5, 6 PIM
Harju's miserable first half continued with another scoreless day at the rink. Harju played 15:04 in the match and was 69% on draws, but the scoresheet still eluded him, despite 5 shots on goal. Former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl had the winning goal in the match for Dynamo.
Togliatti 2 @ Ekaterinburg 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 32/32, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-7, 2 SO, 2.32 GAA, .920 sv%
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 6 PIM
Vasily Koshechkin got back on track in a big way with his second shutout of the season against Ekaterinburg, which has dropped back into the cellar of its conference. Denis Kazionov took a 4 minute high sticking double minor in the contest and played 11:46 in the match.
Kazan 1 @ Magnitogorsk 3
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-1-4, -4, 10 PIM
Magnitogorsk managed to cool off the elder Kazionov, who has been hot of late, holding him to just 1 shot on goal in 12:27 of ice time. Kazan is clinging to a disappointing 8th place in their conference thus far. Former Lightning prospect Fedor Fedorov had an assist in the contest and older brother Sergei also had a goal for Magnitogorsk.
Ekaterinburg 1 @ Kazan 3
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-1-4, -3, 10 PIM
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 2 PIM
In the battle of the Kazionov brothers, it was the elder who came out on top on the scoreboard and the scoresheet. Older brother Dimitry stayed hot by scoring his third goal of the season in 19:12 of ice time, which was tops among Kazan forwards. Younger brother Denis played 13:43 in the match.
Chelyabinsk 3 @ Togliatti 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Loss, 26/29, 3.02 GAA, .897 sv%
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-7, 1 SO, 2.52 GAA, .912 sv%
Koshechkin and Togliatti are on a losing streak, and Koshechkin even drew a 2 minute minor in today's match. Togliatti now sits in ninth in its conference.
Omsk 2 @ Novokuznetsk 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 18/19, 1.00 GAA, .947 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 8-5, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .903 sv%
Karri Ramo, after a bit of a slow start, has gotten on a roll along with his Omsk teammates. Jaromir Jagr and Eric Perrin had Omsk's goals while former Lightning prospect Albert Vishnyakov had the lone marker for Novokuznetsk.
Ekaterinburg 1 @ Dynamo Minsk 3
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
Congratulations to Denis Kazionov, who scored his first KHL goal. Kazionov's marker was the lone tally for Ekaterinburg in the match. The young forward played 11:12 in the game.
Magnitogorsk 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 5
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-2-3, -4, 2 PIM
Harju was 54% on draws in 16:27 of ice time, but he still is struggling to find the scoresheet in his first season in Russia. Harju's lifelong teammate, Linus Omark, had an empty net goal in the match, which was his 5th goal and 8th point of the season.
Cherepovets 3 @ Togliatti 2 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, No statistics available
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-6, 1 SO, 2.47 GAA, .906 sv%
No game stats are available for Koshechkin, who stopped just 2 of 4 shooters in the shootout session to take the loss.
St. Petersburg 4 @ Kazan 3 (SO)
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -4, 10 PIM
Kazionov assisted on a goal by former Thrashers prospect defenseman Ilya Nikulin in the match. Former Lightning prospect Anton But helped key a St. Petersburg comeback on the first of a pair of late third period SKA goals assisted by former NHLer Sergei Zubov and former Lightning winger Nils Ekman.
The gang's all here!
St. Petersburg 3 @ Togliatti 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Loss, 20/23, 3.00 GAA, .870 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-5, 1 SO, 2.54 GAA, .910 sv%
This I know for sure: it's close to impossible for a goaltender to win a hockey game if his club can't manage a single goal for him. St. Petersburg benefitted from a goal from former Lightning prospect Anton But and a pair of assists by former Lightning forward Nils Ekman.
Omsk 5 @ Novosibirsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 14/17, 3.00 GAA, .824 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 7-5, 0 SO, 2.08 GAA, .900 sv%
On the flip side: it's difficult for a goaltender to lose when he gets five goals worth of support.
Ekaterinburg 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-2-3, -4, 2 PIM
So much for the floodgates opening up for Harju. He was 56% on draws in 16:59 of ice time. Meanwhile, at the other end of the rink, Kazionov saw limited ice time of 7:37.
Mytischi 4 @ Kazan 3
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-0-2, -5, 10 PIM
The elder Kazionov scored Kazan's second goal in a third period rally that fell just short. Kazionov got a robust 19:07 of ice time in the match, but his line's efforts weren't enough to overcome a pair of goals by former NHLer Jan Bulis.
Ekaterinburg 4 @ Riga 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Ekaterinburg crawled out of the basement in their conference with the win. Coincidentally, it's Kazionov's old club, Khabarovsk, that is now in the cellar. Kazionov played 11:11 in the match.
Chelyabinsk 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 4
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 2 PIM
Finally! The Lightning's prized Swedish sniper scored his first goal in the Russian league by tallying Dynamo's opening goal of the match. He finished with 18:18 of ice time and was 33% on draws. Will the floodgates now open?
Cherepovets 3 @ Kazan 1
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-0-1, -6, 10 PIM
Kazionov played 13:32 in the match.
Mytischi 1 @ Togliatti 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Season totals: 4-4, 1 SO, 2.49 GAA, .914 sv%
Koshechkin seems to be re-establishing himself as perhaps the premiere goaltender in all of Russia, following up a shutout with a masterful effort against Mytischi. One can only wonder what might have been if Koshechkin had ever consented to cross the pond to come to Tampa Bay.
Ekaterinburg 2 @ Magnitogorsk 4
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
The younger Kazionov played just 9:53 in the match against a high powered Magnitogorsk club that currently sits atop its conference in the KHL standings.
Togliatti 4 @ Novgorod 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 16/16, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA. 1.00 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-4, 1 SO, 2.69 GAA, .907 sv%
Koshechkin had his first shutout of the season in Togliatti's win. He posted 8 shutouts a season ago with Lada.
Kazan 2 @ Chekhov 1
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-0-1, -5, 8 PIM
Kazionov received 13:49 in ice time in the match.
Yaroslavl 2 @ Omsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 23/25, 2.00 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-5, 0 SO, 1.90 GAA, .911 sv%
Ramo also had 2 penalty minutes in the match.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in 12:55 as Ekaterinburg knocked off Novokuznetsk 2-1 in the shootout.
V. Koshechkin got the day off as Togliatti fell 6-5 to Chekhov on penalty shots.
Dmitri Kazionov had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 10:46 as Kazan was shut out by CSKA 3-0.
Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 19 shots for the loss as Omsk fell to KHK MVD 3-2. Former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov scored his first goal of the season for Omsk in the match. Ramo is now 4-5 with a 1.89 GAA and .910 save percentage.