European Leagues

European Game Day: 3/1/11

Elitserien Regular Season
Brynas 3 @ Sodertalje 2 (SO)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%

If Sodertalje misses the postseason and/or has to enter this year's promotion/relegation round, they'll be kicking themselves over the missed opportunities of the last two games. One game removed from a disheartening overtime loss, Sodertalje coughed up a late lead against Brynas and fell in the shootout to lose a critical 2 points in the standings. Ottawa draft pick Jakub Silfverberg scored on a 2-man advantage with the goaltender pulled with 1:10 left in regulation to force overtime and was the only successful shooter in the shootout to lead Brynas to the win. Sodertalje now finds themselves 2 points out of the final playoff spot in the Elitserien and 1 point out of 10th, which is the last spot in the league that avoids the promotion/relegation round, with 2 regular season games remaining. However, due to their league-worst -33 goal differential, none of the tiebreak scenarios are in Sodertalje's favor right now. Their final 2 games are against Timra (9th) and HV 71 (3rd). Given their proximity in the standings, that game against Timra on Thursday is shaping up to be a must-win for Sodertalje.

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Dynamo Moscow 3 @ (7)Dynamo Riga 1
Dynamo Riga Leads the Series 3-2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 17-15-32, -3, 46 PIM
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 6 PIM

Martins Karsums was scoreless in 18:21 in Riga's 3-1 Game Five loss to Dynamo Moscow. Moscow forces a Game Six with the victory. Riga will try again to close out the series on Thursday.

(4)Mytischi 2 @ (5)Cherepovets 1
Mytischi Leads the Series 3-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 31/33, 2.04 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 18-14-0, 2 SO, 2.92 GAA, .906 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 2-2-1, 0 SO, 2.47 GAA, .941 sv%

Ex-Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov had 1 goal and 1 assist and ex-NHLer Jan Bulis also scored to lead Mytischi to a critical Game Five win over Cherepovets, assuming a 3-2 series lead. The series will continue on Thursday with Vasily Koshechkin trying to help his team stave off elimination.

Elsewhere, Yaroslavl defeated Dynamo Minsk 2-1 in overtime to assume a 3-2 lead in the other active Western Conference playoff series. St. Petersburg is already through after a 4-0 sweep of Spartak Moscow.

KHL Game Day: 2/28/11

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Astana 2 @ (2)Kazan 4
Kazan Sweeps the Series 4-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 44 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 32 PIM
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-NHLer Alexei Morozov had a pair of helpers while fellow ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen chipped in a goal to help Kazan defeat Astana 4-2 in Game Four of their opening round series. Defending champion Kazan advances to the semifinal round with the victory.

Elsewhere, Ufa also advanced to the semifinals by sweeping Novosibirsk. They join Kazan and St. Petersburg as clubs that have clinched a spot in the next round. Dynamo Riga can advance tomorrow with a victory in Game Five over Dynamo Moscow. The other four opening round series are currently deadlocked at 2-2.

KHL Game Day: 2/17/11

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Astana 1 @ (2)Kazan 6
Kazan Leads the Series 3-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 32 PIM
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov saw the ice for the first time in this playoff season and was scoreless in 12:27 in Kazan's 6-1 Game Three win over Astana. The defending Gagarin Cup champions are cruising through the first round, and they got 2 goals and 2 assists today from former NHLer Alexei Morozov in their victory.

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Dynamo Riga 2 @ (2)Dynamo Moscow 1 (OT)
Dynamo Riga Leads the Series 3-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 17-15-32, -3, 46 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 6 PIM

Krisjanis Redlihs, one of three Redlihs' in the Riga lineup and a former Devils draft pick, scored a power play goal at 19:43 of the first overtime to stake Riga to a 2-1 Game Four victory. The win extends Riga to a 3-1 series lead, and the club is now 1 win from upsetting 2nd seed Dynamo Moscow. Riga made a Cindarella run deep into the KHL playoffs a season ago as the 8th seed, and they're back instigating trouble this year. Martins Karsums assisted on a Girts Ankipans goal and took a minor for slashing in 19:01 in the match for Riga.

(5)Cherepovets 1 @ (4)Mytischi 8
Series Tied at 2-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 8/11, 12.37 GAA, .727 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 18-14-0, 2 SO, 2.92 GAA, .906 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 2-1-1, 0 SO, 2.60 GAA, .941 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin's hot goaltending was cooled off as Mytischi rose up and put a snowman on Cherepovets to even their opening round series at 2-2. Ex-Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov scored a pair of goals for Mytischi in the victory.

Elsewhere, St. Petersburg became the first KHL club to make it through to the Semifinals, completing a sweep of Spartak Moscow with a 4-3 Game Four victory today. Kazan and Ufa hold 3-0 leads in their series and could advance with wins tomorrow.

European Game Day: 2/26/11

Elitserien Regular Season
Sodertalje 1 @ MODO 2 (OT)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%

Former NHLer Ladislav Nagy had 1 goal and 1 assist to help lead MODO to a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over Sodertalje. Sodertalje did pick a point for the loss. They currently sit in 11th in the Elitserien, but are just 2 points back of MODO for the final playoff spot in the league and 1 point back of Timra for 10th, which would avoid the promotion/relegation round. There are 3 games remaining in the Elitserien regular season. Sodertalje's remaining schedule consists of Brynas (7th), Timra (10th), and HV 71 (2nd). Regulation wins are worth 3 points in the Swedish league.

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(5)Cherepovets 2 @ (4)Mytischi 1
Cherepovets Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 37/38, 1.00 GAA, .974 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 18-14-0, 2 SO, 2.92 GAA, .906 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-0-1, 0 SO, 1.86 GAA, .958 sv%

Forward Evgeny Ketov scored with just 50 seconds remaining in regulation to lift Cherepovets to a 2-1 win over Mytischi in Game Three of their opening round series. Ex-Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov assisted on Mytischi's only goal. Current Lightning overage prospect Vasily Koshechkin has been magnificent so far in this series, stopping 136 of the 142 shots he's faced in 3 games.

(7)Dynamo Riga 5 @ (2)Dynamo Moscow 1
Dynamo Riga Leads the Series 2-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM 0 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 17-15-32, -3, 46 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM

Martins Karsums assisted on a Tomas Surovy shorthanded goal and took minors for interference and hooking in 11:46 in Riga's 5-1 blowout win over Moscow. Ex-Predators draft pick Lauris Darzins had 1 goal and 2 assists for Riga in the victory.

KHL Game Day: 2/25/11

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Kazan 3 @ (7)Astana 0
Kazan Leads the Series 2-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 44 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 32 PIM

Petri Vehanen made 26 saves to shutout Astana 3-0 to help Kazan take a 2-0 lead in their opening round Quaterfinal series. Ex-NHLers Alexei Morozov and Marcel Hossa each had goals in the match for Kazan.

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