European Leagues

Kval till Elitserien Game Day: 3/19/11

Sodertalje 6 @ Rogle 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
Kval till Elitserien totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Ex-Kings prospect Yanick Lehoux had 1 goal and 1 assist in Sodertalje's 6-2 spanking of Rogle in their 3rd game of the Kvall til Elitserien. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius has yet to appear in the promotion/relegation round, which is quickly shaping up to be a race of 3 teams vying for 2 spots in Sweden's top league next season. Vaxjo currently sits in 1st on the table 1 point up on Sodertalje and 2 points up on MODO. MODO and Vaxjo will play in the next round of matches, so Sodertalje should be able to make some headway on one of the clubs if they can defeat 5th place Orebro.

European Game Day: 3/17/11

Kval till Elitserien
Mora 1 @ Sodertalje 6
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
Kval till Elitserien totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Ex-St. Cloud State forward Ryan Lasch had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Sodertalje to a 6-1 blunt force pounding of Mora in their second game of the Kval till Elitserien. Sodertalje now sits in 2nd on the Kval till Elitserien table, 1 point back of Allsvenskan team Vaxjo and 1 point ahead of fellow Elitserien team MODO. 8 games remain in the promotion/relegation season.

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Kazan 0 @ (3)Ufa 1
Ufa Wins the Series 4-1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 2-5-7, +5, 32 PIM
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM

Happy trails to defending Gagarin Cup champions Ak Bars Kazan. Ex-Kings goalie Erik Ersberg made 27 saves for a 1-0, Game Five shutout win for Ufa to seal the series win. Ex-Predators first rounder Alexander Radulov had Ufa's only goal. Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 13:36 in the match.

That brings to a conclusion the Lightning prospect season in Russia. Yaroslavl and Ufa have already clinched spots in their respective conferences, while St. Petersburg has a 3-2 series lead over Mytischi and former Lightning netminder Karri Ramo's Omsk club holds a 3-2 series lead over Magnitogorsk.

KHL Game Day: 3/16/11

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(1)Yaroslavl 5 @ (7)Dynamo Riga 4 (OT)
Yaroslavl Wins the Series 4-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 17-15-32, -3, 46 PIM
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 8 PIM

Alexander Kalyanin scored 5:09 into overtime to life Lokomotiv to a 5-4 victory and eliminate Riga in Game Five of their semifinal series. Ex-NHLer Pavol Demitra had a goal in the match for Yaroslavl. Martins Karsums was scoreless in 17:30 of ice time.

With Karsums' club season over, he'll await a spot on Latvia's World Championships team.

KHL Game Day: 3/15/11

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(3)Ufa 0 @ (2)Kazan 4
Ufa Leads the Series 3-1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 2-5-7, +6, 32 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM

Kazan survives to play a Game Five. Petri Vehanen had a 33 save shutout and ex-NHLers Niko Kapanen and Alexei Morozov each had 1 goal and 1 assist as Kazan staved off elimination in a Game Four win. Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 14:20 in the game.

European Game Day: 3/14/11

Kval till Elitserien
Sodertalje 3 @ MODO 2(SO)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
Kval till Elitserien totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Julian Jacobsen scored a goal and had the shootout winner to lead Sodertalje to a 3-2 shootout win over MODO in the first game of the ten game promotion/relegation round. Sodertalje and 5 other clubs from the Elitserien and Allsvenskan will battle for two spots in the top league next year. Because its victory was not in regulation, Sodertalje only earned 2 points of a possible 3 for the win.

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(7)Dynamo Riga 2 @ (1)Yaroslavl 6
Yaroslavl Leads the Series 3-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 17-15-32, -3, 46 PIM
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 1-2-3, E, 8 PIM

The end may be near for Martins Karsums and Riga. The forward was scoreless in 13:11 in Riga's Game Four blowout loss to Yaroslavl. Ex-NHLers Karel Rachunek and Pavol Demitra each had 1 goal and 1 assist for Lokomotiv to help stake the club to a 3-1 series lead.

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