Magnitogorsk 6 @ Chelyabinsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/25, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 15-13, 4 SO, 2.05 GAA, .922 sv%
Here comes Vasily Koshechkin. The big netminder got his second straight shutout as Magnitogorsk flattened Chelyabinsk 6-0, partly on the strength of another one goal and one assist effort by Sergei Fedorov. Koshechkin's fourth shutout of the season moves him into a tie for the league lead with teammate Ilya Proskuryakov. His .922 sv% is also tied for fourth in the league among netminders with 20 or more appearances. A year ago, with Lada Togliatti, Koshechkin put up eight shutouts, and he has shown an amazing propensity throughout his career for ripping off very long shutout streaks when he gets hot.
Dynamo Moscow 3 @ KHK MVD 2 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 3-5-8, -6, 24 PIM
After a long drought, Harju finally scored his third goal of the season, while his lifelong teammate Linus Omark chipped in a goal and an assist. However, it took a game winning shootout goal by former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl for Dynamo to finally knock off KHK MVD 3-2. Harju played 15:36 in the match and was 63% on draws. He failed, however, on his shootout attempt in the penalty shot session. Dynamo Moscow sits in fourth place in the KHL's Western Conference.
Omsk 2 @ Astana 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 14-9, 2 SO, 1.91 GAA, .917 sv%
Jaromir Jagr assisted on Dimitri Pestunov's game winning third period goal to help lift Karri Ramo and Omsk over Astana 2-1. Former Lightning draft pick Ilya Solarev took two minor penalties in the match for Astana. Interestingly, Ramo's numbers are very similar to St. Petersburg goaltender Robert Esche (15-7, 3 SO, 2.04 GAA, .916 sv%), who the Lightning briefly courted for Ramo's vacant backup spot in Tampa Bay before signing Antero Niittymaki.
Chekhov 0 @ Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/29, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 29 GP, 14-13, 3 SO, 2.13 GAA, .920 sv%
Koshechkin got his first shutout in a Metallurg jersey to help boost Magnitogorsk to a 4-0 victory. Former NHL superstar Sergei Fedorov supported Koshechkin with a goal and an assist in the match. Magnitogorsk moves 1 point ahead of Yulaev into 1st in the Eastern Conference.
CSKA 2 @ Ekaterinburg 1 (OT)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-3-7, -9, 10 PIM
CSKA got an overtime goal from ex-Senators draft pick Alexander Nikulin to pull out a 2-1 win over Ekaterinburg. Denis Kazionov played 13:29 in the match. Ekaterinburg has managed to climb over Novokuznetsk and Khabarovsk to get out of the Eastern Conference basement, but still sits 5 points behind Chelyabinsk for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.
Kazan 1 @ Togliatti 2
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 8-1-9, E, 12 PIM
Kazan fell to cash-strapped Togliatti on two second period goals by Lada. The older Kazionov, Dimitry, played 12:12 in the match.
Spartak Moscow 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 2-5-7, -5, 22 PIM
It was another frustrating night at the rink for Johan Harju, who was -2 in 13:49 with a second period roughing minor to boot. The lone bright spot was that Harju was 80% on draws in the game, bringing him to 58% on the season with 434 faceoffs taken. Former Lightning checking liner Martin Cibak assisted on Spartak's first goal, which was former NHLer Branko Radivojevic's 11th of the year.
Novgorod 3 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 4-3-7, -8, 10 PIM
Torpedo got a goal and an assist from former NHL first rounder Pavel Brendl to defeat Ekaterinburg 3-1. Denis Kazionov played 13:19 in the match.
CSKA 4 @ Magnitogorsk 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 22/26, 4.00 GAA, .846 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 13-13, 2 SO, 2.21 GAA, .916 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin got the support of a Sergei Fedorov goal, Fedorov's fifth of the season, to help him even his season record at 13-13 in Magnitogorsk's 5-4 win over CSKA. Six of Koshechkin's losses this season have come after regulation. Magnitogorsk sits in second in the Eastern Conference, two points behind first place Yulaev. CSKA got Columbus first rounder Nikita Filatov's tenth point of the season, an assist, in the losing effort. Filatov has played just six games for CSKA since being allowed by the Blue Jackets to depart North America for the KHL.