European Leagues

Elitserien Game Day: 12-26-11

Elitserien (Sweden):
MODO 2 @ Lulea 3 (OT)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 11-6-17, +6, 10 PIM

Johan Harju switched numbers from 90 to 8 today and got immediate dividends with a goal in Lulea's 3-2 OT win over MODO. MODO got an assist from former Lightning forward Mattias Ritola in the loss. Lulea draws Farjestads on Wednesday.

KHL Game Day: 12-25-11

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 1 @ Khanty-Mansiysk 0 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Win, 33/33, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 21 GP, 10-8-0, 2 SO, 2.60 GAA, .919 sv%

It's a Christmas miracle! Vasily Koshechkin got off the bench and promptly pulled off the rare shootout shutout win stopping 33 shots and both shooters he faced in Cherepovets' 1-0 win over Khanty-Mansiysk. Koshechkin has spent most of the last month in the backup role behind Vadim Tarasov. Cherepovets will draw Spartak Moscow next on Tuesday.

KHL Game Day: 12-23-11

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 1 @ Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 20 GP, 9-8-0, 1 SO, 2.76 GAA, .914 sv%

Oleg Tverdovsky, a blast from the past, scored the game winning goal for Magnitogorsk in their 4-1 thumping of Cherepovets. Cherepovets will face Khanty-Mansiysk on Sunday.

World Juniors Game Night: 12-22-11

Pre-tournament

Canada 7 vs. Switzerland 1

RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

Canada earned their second pre-tournament win in two games before the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships in Alberta. Connolly did not register a point, but as one of the team’s alternate captains was entrusted with penalty kill duty – a sign of respect from legendary junior coach Don Hay.

Russia 5 vs. Czech Republic 3

RW Nikita Kucherov, RUS: 0-2-2
C Vladislav Namestnikov, RUS: 0-0-0
D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0

These totals are very unofficial as no score was listed on the tournament’s official site and the boxscore was posted on a message board. If it helps, one of the comments from someone at the game said Kucherov looked good. Let’s just assume it’s true. Namestnikov and Nesterov weren’t on the scoresheet, so they could have been scoreless or they may not have played. In fact, respected Russian reporter Dmitry Chesnokov is reporting Namestnikov was cut from the team. Nesterov and Kucherov made the team. (Photo of Kucherov's celebration is from the USA game earlier this week)

Slovakia 0 vs. Finland 3

D Adam Janosik, SVK: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

Finland topped Slovakia in pre-tournament action Wednesday.

KHL Game Day: 12-21-11

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 4 @ Omsk 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 20 GP, 9-8-0, 1 SO, 2.76 GAA, .914 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin is still riding the pine for Cherepovets. They beat Omsk today 4-3 in a shootout. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 31 shots in the loss. Cherepovets draws Magnitogorsk on Friday.

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