European Leagues

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.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-11-14

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(1)Magnitogorsk 1 vs. (4)Ufa 0 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 24/24, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 12-2-0, 2 SO, 1.66 GAA, .944 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy, UFA, OT Loss, 37/38, 0.98 GAA, .974 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 18 GP, 9-9-0, 1 SO, 1.99 GAA, .934 sv%

Yaroslav Khabarov's goal 1:14 into Overtime broke a scoreless tie and sent Magnitogorsk to the Gagarin Cup Finals by virtue of their 1-0, Game Five win over Ufa. Vasily Koshechkin stopped all 24 shots he faced in the match for his second shutout of the series. At the other end, Andrey Vasilevskiy sparkled making 37 saves in the hard luck loss. You simply cannot ask for more from a 19 year old goaltender. You can't.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-9-14

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(4)Ufa 0 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 1
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 39/39, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 11-2-0, 1 SO, 1.78 GAA, .941 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 26/27, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 17 GP, 9-8-0, 1 SO, 2.05 GAA, .931 sv%

Mike Keenan's gamble paid off. After giving veteran netminder Vasily Koshechkin the quick hook in Metallurg's 4-0 Game Three loss to Ufa, Koshechkin responded with a 39 save shutout performance in Game Four to put Metallurg on the threshold of the Gagarin Cup Finals. Rookie netminder Andrey Vasilevskiy was splendid in defeat, stopping 26 of 27 shots faced, but defenseman Viktor Antipin's power play goal was all it took for Metallurg to put Ufa on the brink of elimination. Game Five is slated for Friday with Ufa's back squarely against the wall.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-7-14

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(4)Ufa 4 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 0
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, SO, 22/22, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 16 GP, 9-7-0, 1 SO, 2.11 GAA, .929 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin, Loss, 20/22, 2.65 GAA, .909 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 10-2-0, 0 SO, 1.91 GAA, .935 sv%

Today might've been a game changer in the KHL Eastern Conference Finals. Not only did Lightning prospect goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy post a 22 save shutout to hand Magnitogorsk just their second defeat of the KHL postseason, but Metallurg goaltender Vasily Koshechkin was pulled by Head Coach Mike Keenan after a Third Period soft goal that put Ufa up 2-0. What effect will the quick hook have on the veteran Koshechkin? We shall see when Game Four drops on Wednesday. Ex-Canucks draft pick Kirill Koltsov had a pair of assists in the win for Ufa.

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