European Leagues

LG Hockey Games: Day Two

Sweden 6 @ Russia 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a helper as Sweden dismantled Russia 6-2 in their second game of the LG Hockey Games. Lightning overage prospect Vasily Koshechkin did not dress for the Russians.

Elsewhere, Finland defeated the Czech Republic 3-2. Ex-Lightning draft pick Ivan Rachunek had a helper in the loss for the Czechs.

Heading into the final matches of the tournament tomorrow, Sweden has pretty much locked the tournament victory with 2 wins in 2 games and a stirling +9 goal differential.

LG Hockey Games: Day One

Russia 5 @ Finland 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin did not dress in Russia's 5-3 win over Finland. Russia's first line featured two former BoltProspects: center Alexei Glukhov and winger Evgeny Artyukhin. Both assisted on Russia's final goal, which was an empty-netter by former NHLer Maxim Afinogenov. Artyukhin also had a goal in the match. Ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 28 shots to take the loss for the Finns. Finland also features former Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala. Glukhov, a 2002 9th round pick, has 5 goals and 17 points in 51 games this season for Mytischi of the Russian KHL.

In the day's other match, Sweden clubbed the Czech Republic 6-1. Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory for the Swedes. The Czech Republic's lineup includes former Lightning draft pick Ivan Rachunek, a 1999 7th rounder who has 17 goals and 34 points in 49 games this season for Zlin of the Czech Extraliga.

Elitserien Game Day: 2/5/11

AIK 3 @ Sodertalje 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-10-0, 0 SO, 2.89 GAA, .890 sv%

Oscar Steen of AIK scored a power play goal 27 seconds into the third period to lift AIK to a 3-2 win over Sodertalje in a key late season Elitserien matchup. Ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll had a goal in the match for Sodertalje, which was his team leading 19th of the season, which is tied for 4th best in the league.

Sodertalje still holds a slim 1 point lead over Timra for 8th on the Elitserien table. But, with regulation wins counting as 3 points in Sweden, the truth is that the race for the final playoff spot and for avoiding the Kval till Elitserien promotion/relegation tournament is a near dead heat between 5 teams heading into the final 8 games of the regular season. Sodertalje sits in 8th at 63 points, Timra in 9th with 62, MODO in 10th with 61, and AIK and Frolunda are just one regulation win back at 60 points and occupying 11th and 12th, respectively. Unfortunately for Sodertalje, they have the second worst goal differential in the league (-25), so the tiebreak scenarios are not favorable to their cause.

The Elitserien is off until 2/17/11 for the LG Hockey Games.

European Game Day: 2/3/11

Elitserien
Linkopings 4 @ Sodertalje 0
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 25/29, 4.00 GAA, .862 sv%
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-10-0, 0 SO, 2.89 GAA, .890 sv%

Riku Helenius' momentum died at the hands of former Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena, who stopped all 24 shots he faced in Linkopings' 4-0 blanking of Sodertalje. Norrena also had an assist in the match. Former Lightning forward Jan Hlavac had an assist on Linkopings' opening goal, scored just 35 seconds into the match. Fortunately for Sodertalje, both MODO and Frolunda also lost today, so the club maintains its hold on the last playoff spot in the Elitserien by 3 points in the standings.

KHL
Kazan 6 @ Novgorod 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 30 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 7:07 in Kazan's 6-4 win over Novgorod. Former Ducks draft pick Janne Pesonen led Kazan with a pair of goals in the match. Novgorod's Matt Ellison, a former Hawks draft pick and Norfolk Admiral, was the high man in the match with 1 goal and 3 points for Novgorod. The KHL will be off until February 14th for the KHL All-Star Game and the LG Hockey Games.

KHL Game Day: 2/2/11

Novokuznetsk 0 @ Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 30 GP, 16-14-0, 2 SO, 2.98 GAA, .905 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin did not dress for Cherepovets as Rostislav Stana made 24 saves in a 3-0 shutout win over Novokuznetsk.

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