European Leagues

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.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-24-10

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(3)Kazan 1 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 2
The Series is Tied 2-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 23/24, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 5-2, 1 SO, 1.66 GAA, .942 sv%

Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM

It's all square now. Ex-Rangers draft pick Jan Marek had both goals for Magnitogorsk in a 2-1 Game Four win over Ak Bars Kazan. Magnitogorsk was outshot 24-20 in the match, but Magnitogorsk has Koshechkin, who now sports a monsterous .942 playoff save percentage. The other Lightning prospect in the game, Dmitri Kazionov, played 17:13 in the match.

Tomorrow, the Western Conference series' will be back in action with Game Five contests. With the exception of the Dynamo Riga/KHK MVD series, which Riga trails 3-1, all of the other playoff series are now knotted at 2-2 a piece.

European Game Day: 3-23-10

KHL (Russa) Playoffs
Eastern Conference Semifinals
(3)Kazan 0 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 1 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 37/37, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 4-2, 1 SO, 1.76 GAA, .940 sv%

Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM

Wow. Facing the prospect of falling into a 3-0 hole in the series, Vasily Koshechkin pitched a 37 save shutout to help Magnitogorsk pull off a 1-0 overtime victory in Game Three. Petri Kontiola scored off a Stan Chistov assist with just 5 seconds remaining in the first overtime session to seal the deal. Dmitri Kazionov played a scoreless 24:50 in the match for Kazan. Can we please get some of what was in Koshechkin's water bottle for Tokarski for the two big games the Admirals have coming up against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this week?

Game Four tomorrow.

(8)Dynamo Riga 4 @ (2)KHK MVD 5 (OT)
KHK MVD Leads the Series 3-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 16 PIM
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 4 PIM

Ex-NHLer and KHL goal scoring champion Marcel Hossa scored a tying goal with less than 1 minute remaining in regulation, but Evgeni Fedorov scored a goal 2:33 into the second overtime to help KHK MVD win 5-4. The win puts Cindarella Riga on the brink of elimination. Lightning prospect Martins Karsums scored a goal early in the 2nd period and took a second period elbowing minor in 23:42 of ice time.

Kval till Elitserien (Sweden)
AIK 3 @ Sodertalje 4
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 24/27, 3.00 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1 SO, 1.50 GAA, .946 sv%

So far, so good for Sodertalje in the Swedish relegation/promotion series. The club got 1 goal and 1 assist from ex-Kings prospect Yanick Lehoux and 2 assists from ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll in today's match to defeat Allsvenskan team AIK. Next up for Sodertalje: Leksands, which was briefly promoted to the Elitserien for the 2005-2006 season, but has been relegated to the Allsvenskan ever since. That match will take place Thursday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-22-10

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(8)Dynamo Riga 3 @ (2)KHK MVD 1
KHK MVD Leads the Series 2-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 16 PIM
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM

Riga has decided to make it a series with a 3-1 Game Three win on the road. Former Lightning forward Robert Petrovicky had a pair of assists in the match for Riga. Lightning prospect Martins Karsums played 14:20 in the match.

Elsewhere today, Spartak Moscow defeated Yaroslavl 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference Semifinal series. Tomorrow, all four series will be in action, with Magnitogorsk fighting to avoid falling into a 3-0 series hole against Kazan.

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