Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Kazan 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 33/33, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Make it back-to-back shutouts and back-to-back 1-0 wins for Vasily Koshechkin as he and Magnitogorsk defeated Kazan today 1-0. Czech forward Jan Kovar scored the game winner for Metallurg. Koshechkin is 5th in the KHL in save percentage and leads the pack in shutouts.
Ufa 1 vs. Dynamo Moscow 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 27 GP, 13-8-5, 3 SO, 2.22 GAA, .923 sv%
Alexei Volkov got the call in net today for Ufa in their 3-1 loss to Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Leafs draft pick Leo Komarov assisted on Dynamo's 2nd and 3rd goals as they pulled away for the win.
Mytischi 5 vs. Khanty-Mansisysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansisysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 7-6-13, -6, 10 PIM
Yugra continued to look unimpressive emerging from the Olympics break as they were again crushed, this time by Mytischi by a score of 5-1. Ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin had a helper in the win for Mytischi. Nikita Gusev played 17:50 in the loss.
Bratislava 0 vs. Spartak Moscow 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 21/24, 3.01 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 15-17-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%
Jaroslav Janus and Bratislava have appeared to hit another speed bump in their season, stumbling out of the Olympic break. Today they fell 3-0 to Spartak Moscow.
Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Dynamo Moscow 0 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, SO, 41/41, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 50 GP, 29-12-8, 8 SO, 1.92 GAA, .939 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin was perfect, even stopping three of three in the penalty shot session, in Magnitogorsk's 1-0 win over Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil was among the unlucky Dynamo shooters nullified by Koshechkin in the skills competition.
Ufa 1 vs. Kazan 0
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Win, SO, 23/23, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 13-8-5, 3 SO, 2.22 GAA, .923 sv%
Only slightly less impressive than Koshechkin's shutout, Andrey Vasilevskiy turned aside all 23 shots he faced to deliver Ufa a 1-0 win over Kazan. Longtime KHL star Konstantin Barulin turned aside 27 shots at the other end of the ice for Kazan in defeat.
Yaroslavl 6 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 7-6-13, -5, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev was -1 in 12:22 of ice time as Yugra got crushed 6-2 by Yaroslavl. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had a helper in defeat for Yugra.
Bratislava 1 vs. Donetsk 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 25/27, 2.03 GAA, .926 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 15-16-8, 2 SO, 2.85 GAA, .898 sv%
Jaroslav Janus couldn't quite duplicate the feats of Lightning prospect brethren Koshechkin and Vasilevskiy, falling 2-1 to Donetsk. Ex-NHLer Martin Skoula assisted on Slovan's only goal.
Magnitogorsk 0 vs. Podolsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 27/29, 2.06 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 29-12-7, 7 SO, 1.96 GAA, .938 sv%
The Korolyuk's, Anton and Alexander, each had helpers in Podolsk's 2-0 win over Magnitogorsk. Sergei Denisov turned away 34 for the shutout.
Ufa 2 vs. Novgorod 1 (OT)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 25/26, 0.98 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 12-8-5, 2 SO, 2.31 GAA, .921 sv%
Andrey Vasilrvskiy started the post-Olympics stretch with a quality, 25 save overtime victory over Novgorod. Ex-NHLer Brent Sopel had a helper in the match for Ufa.
Cherepovets 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 7-6-13, -4, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 12:46 as Yugra got stomped by Cherepovets 4-1. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had Yugra's only goal.
Bratislava 4 vs. Dinamo Minsk 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Win, 25/28, 2.77 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 15-15-8, 2 SO, 2.88 GAA, .898 sv%
Jaroslav Janus turned away all three shooters he faced to deliver Bratislava a 4-3 shootout win over Minsk. Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan had a goal in the match for Slovan. Ex-Lightning defenseman Lukas Krajicek had a pair of helpers in defeat for Minsk.
Astana 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 7-6-13, -4, 10 PIM
January may well have been the turning point of Nikita Gusev's young KHL career. The diminutive sniper scored his 7th goal of the season in 15:21 of ice time in Yugra's 4-3 loss to Astana. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski scored the game winning goal for Astana while former NHLer Nik Antropov added 1 goal and 1 assist to Astana's cause.
Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 31/33, 2.00 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-15-7, 2 SO, 2.88 GAA, .898 sv%
Ex-Lightning first rounder Vladimir Mihalik assisted on former NHL'er Miroslav Satan's shorthanded, game winning goal in Bratislava's 3-2 win over Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil had a helper in defeat for Dynamo.
Vladivostok 3 vs. Ufa 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 25/28, 3.05 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 11-8-4, 2 SO, 2.35 GAA, .920 sv%
Vladivostok built a 3-0 lead thanks in part to a goal from former Lightning defenseman Mike Commodore and rode out a Ufa comeback to win 3-2. Ex-Senators draft pick Ilya Zubov had a pair of helpers for Admiral in the win.
Novosibirsk 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 28/30, 2.01 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 46 GP, 28-10-7, 7 SO, 1.98 GAA, .937 sv%
Oleg Gubin's goal with 37 seconds left in regulation lifted Novosibirsk to a 2-1 triumph over Magnitogorsk. Former Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare had Metallurg's only goal, which was a Second Period shorthanded marker.
Ekaterinburg 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 6-6-12, -5, 10 PIM
Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev scored a shootout goal to help seal a 3-2 Yugra victory over Ekaterinburg. Yugra also got a shootout goal and a regulation goal from former Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak in the win. Gusev, who played 16:13 in the match, continues to cement his role as Yugra's shootout ace.
Podolsk 1 vs. Bratislava 2 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Win, 25/26, 0.92 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 36 GP, 14-15-7, 2 SO, 2.90 GAA, .896 sv%
Jaroslav Janus turned away 1 of 2 in the shootout session in Slovan's 2-1 win over Podolsk. Bratislava's shooters, conversely, were a perfect 3-for-3, including a conversion by former NHL'er Miroslav Satan. Ex-Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund took the loss for Podolsk.