European Leagues

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-24-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(3)Praha 3 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 5
Series Tied 2-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 18/21, 3.00 GAA, .857 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 18 GP, 14-4-0, 2 SO, 1.78 GAA, .939 sv%

Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov scored 2 Third Period goals to break a 3-3 tied and lead Magnitogorsk to a critical Game Four win over Praha. The 5-3 victory squares the series at 2 games each. Zaripov also had a helper in the match. His linemate, ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin, had 4 helpers in the win. Game Five is Saturday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-22-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(3)Praha 3 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 2
Praha Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 32/35, 3.06 GAA, .914 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 17 GP, 13-4-0, 2 SO, 1.72 GAA, .942 sv%

Former Kings draft pick Justin Azevedo scored with 24 seconds left in regulation to deliver Praha a 3-2 Game Three win over Magnitogorsk. It was Azevedo's second goal of the contest. Ex-Wings farmhand Francis Pare had a goal in the match for Magnitogorsk. Game Four is Thursday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-20-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(1)Magnitogorsk 4 vs. (3)Praha 1
Series Tied at 1-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 35/36, 1.00 GAA, .972 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 16 GP, 13-3-0, 2 SO, 1.64 GAA, .944 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin struck for a goal and three points to help Magnitogorsk even up the series with a 4-1 victory over Praha in Game Two of the Gagarin Cup Finals. Vasily Koshechkin turned aside 35 in the win to help Metallurg overcome a 36-24 shot deficit.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-18-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(1)Magnitogorsk 0 vs. (3)Praha 3
Praha Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 14/16, 2.01 GAA, .875 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 12-3-0, 2 SO, 1.68 GAA, .942 sv%

Petri Vehanen's 21 save shutout staked Praha to a 3-0 Game One win in the KHL Gagarin Cup Finals. Ex-Kings draft pick Justin Azevedo and ex-Devils draft pick Petr Vrana each had goals in the victory for Lev. Game Two is Sunday.

Bolt Prospect of the Week: April 15, 2014

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for April 15, 2014 is … Andrey Vasilevskiy, G, Salavat Yulaev (KHL - Russia).

If last week was Andrey Vasilevskiy’s final week playing in Russia, he left a lasting impression on his home country.

The teenage phenom was spectacular in net for Salavat Yulaev Ufa, nearly carrying the team through the Eastern Conference Finals to the Gagarin Cup series. While the official record books will show Mettalurg winning the series, 4-1, it was much, much closer than it appeared.

Last week Vasilevskiy allowed two goals in 10 periods of playoff hockey – and lost two games.

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