European Leagues

Kval till Elitserien Game Day: 3-29-10

Kval till Elitserien
Sodertalje 7 @ Vaxjo 4
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 29/33, 4.00 GAA, .879 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 5-0-0, 1 SO, 2.00 GAA, .926 sv%

At the halfway point of Sweden's promotion/relegation series, Riku Helenius remains an undefeated 5-0-0 despite allowing 4 goals today to Vaxjo Lakers. Helenius has a 7 game personal winning streak extending all the way back into the Elitserien regular season. His last loss was on March 4th against Frolunda and former Lightning netminder and Bolt Prospects alumni Johan Holmqvist. Ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll led the scoring for Sodertalje with 2 goals and 3 assists in the match.

Sodertalje's next game is on Friday in a rematch against Vaxjo. The club is in first place on the Kval till Elitserien table with an 8 point lead on 3rd place AIK. The top two teams earn their spot in the Elitserien for next season, and wins in Sweden count for 3 points in the standings.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-28-10

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(3)Kazan 3 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 1
Kazan Wins the Series 4-2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 6 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 23/26, 3.00 GAA, .885 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 5-4, 1 SO, 2.02 GAA, .930 sv%

Happy trails to Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk. Alexei Badyukov had a pair of goals in Kazan's 3-1 Game Six victory to eliminate Metallurg from the Eastern Conference Semifinal series. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 17:06 in the match and took a second period minor for slashing. The Lightning are reportedly interested in signing Koshechkin, whose season is now complete.

Kazionov and Kazan advances to face top seeded Yulaev in the Eastern Conference Finals after Yulaev defeated Nizhnekamsk 2-1 today to seal a six game semifinal series victory. In the Western Conference, KHK MVD will face Yaroslavl.

Kval till Elitserien Game Day: 3-27-10

Kval till Elitserien
Almtuna 1 @ Sodertalje 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 22/23, 1.00 GAA, .957 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Kval till Elitserien totals: 4 GP, 4-0-0, 1 SO, 1.50 GAA, .941 sv%

Things continue to run as smooth as silk for Sodertalje in Sweden's promotion/relegation tournament. The club got a pair of goals today from defenseman and ex-Panthers draft pick Topi Jaakola en route to a 3-1 win over Allsvenskan side Almtuna. Sodertalje leads the series by five points over the other Elitserien team in the series, Rogle, and by six points over the third place side, Leksands. The top two teams in the six game series with the most points after the ten game series is complete will earn their spots in the Elitserien next season. So, with another couple of wins, Helenius and Sodertalje should be close to clinching. As a reminder: wins count for three points in the standings in Sweden.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-26-10

Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Magnitogorsk 1 @ (3)Kazan 3
Kazan Leads the Series 3-2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 21/24, 4.50 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 5-3, 1 SO, 1.90 GAA, .935 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin was chased after 40 minutes as Kazan seized a 3-2 series lead over Magnitogorsk by defeating Metallurg 3-1. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 17:31 in the match. Jarkko Immonen had 1 goal and 2 assists in the match for Kazan. Game Six is on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Yulaev defeated Nizhnekamsk 2-1 in overtime to take a 3-2 Eastern Conference Semifinal lead in their series. Tomorrow, Yaroslavl will attempt to close out Spartak Moscow in Game Six of their Western Conference Semifinal series.

European Game Day: 3-25-10

KHL (Russia) Western Conference Semifinals
(2)KHK MVD 3 @ (8)Dynamo Riga 2 (OT)
KHK MVD Wins the Series 4-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 16 PIM
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 4 PIM

Happy trails to Martins Karsums and Dynamo Riga. Alexei Ugarov scored a goal for KHK MVD 3:38 into the second overtime to topple Riga in Game Five and clinch a 4-1 semifinal series win. Karsums played 23:50 in the match. KHK MVD is the first team in the KHL playoffs to advance to their conference's finals.

Elsewhere today, Yaroslavl defeated Spartak Moscow 2-1 to take a 3-2 series lead in their Western Conference Semifinal. Tomorrow will feature a pair of pivotal Game Five matchups in the Eastern Conference, including Magnitogorsk at Kazan.

Kval till Elitserien (Sweden)
Sodertalje 3 @ Leksands 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 22/24, 2.00 GAA, .917 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 1 SO, 1.67 GAA, .937 sv%

Sodertalje overcame 1 goal and 1 assist by Coyotes first rounder Olivier Ekman-Larsson to stay undefeated in the Kval till Elitserien. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius ran his record to 3-0-0 in the promotion/relegation series with the win. Sodertalje faces Allsvenskan side Almtuna on Saturday in their fourth game of the ten game series.

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