European Leagues

Channel One Cup: Day Two

Russia 2 @ Finland 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP

Koshechkin dressed, but was the backup on Saturday for the Russians. Finland got a goal from Petri Kontiola with 7 seconds left in regulation to take the win. The centerman, ironically, is Koshechkin's teammate with Magnitogorsk of the KHL.

Czech Republic 3 @ Sweden 4 (OT)
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Harju played on the third line for Sweden in the game. Former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl scored the overtime winner for the Swedes. Weinhandl is Harju's teammate in the KHL with Dynamo Moscow.

Channel One Cup: Day One

Sweden 3 @ Russia 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

In yesterday's opener of the Channel One Cup, Russia got a third period power play marker from Sergey Vinoviev to defeat Sweden 4-3. Lightning prospect Johan Harju played on the second line for Team Sweden. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin did not dress for the Russians.

KHL Game Day: 12-13-09

Magnitogorsk 3 @ Togliatti 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 33 GP, 17-14, 5 SO, 2.07 GAA, .923 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin got the night off in his return to Togliatti, who lost Koshechkin's services earlier this season when they couldn't afford to meet payroll. Koshechkin's backup Ilya Proskuryakov stopped 24 of 26 shots faced for the win.

Chelyabinsk 1 @ Kazan 0 (SO)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 11-2-13, +1, 12 PIM

Kazionov played 15:09 in the match. The game-long 0-0 deadlock wasn't broken until the penalty shot session when Evgeni Skachkov and Ravil Gusmanov both scored for Chelyabinsk to help propel Tractors the win.

St. Petersburg 0 @ Dynamo Moscow 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-7-10, -4, 26 PIM

Harju played 15:52 in the match but was only 25% on draws. Former Lightning draft pick Vadim Epanchintsev had an assist in the win for Dynamo.

KHL Game Day: 12-11-09

Ekaterinburg 5 @ Astana 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 4-3-7, -11, 10 PIM

Ekaterinburg got 1 goal and 2 assists from Alexei Simakov in their 5-2 win over Astana. Former Lightning draft pick Ilya Solarev scored his second goal of the season in the match for Astana. Denis Kazionov played 10:58 in the match.

Magnitogorsk 4 @ Yulaev 5 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 27/31, 3.70 GAA, .871 sv%
Season totals: 33 GP, 17-14, 5 SO, 2.07 GAA, .923 sv%

Yulaev squeaked past Magnitogorsk in the shootout in a matchup of the first and second place teams in the KHL Eastern Conference. Vasily Koshechkin took his 14th loss of the season in the match, allowing both Yulaev shooters to score in the penalty shot session. Former NHLer Oleg Tverdovsky scored a goal with less than ten minutes to play in the final period to force the game into overtime.

Chelyabinsk 3 @ Omsk 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 22/25, 3.01 GAA, .880 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 15-11, 3 SO, 1.99 GAA, .915 sv%

Karri Ramo and Omsk fell to Chelyabinsk 3-2, helping Chelyabinsk cling to 8th place in the East.

Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Nizhnekamsk 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 3-7-10, -4, 26 PIM

I'm declaring the slump officially over. Johan Harju assisted on Linus Omark's 15th goal of the season today to help lift Dynamo to a 4-0 shutout victory of Nizhnekamsk. Harju played 14:33 in the match and was 67% on draws.

Dynamo Minsk 1 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 11-2-13, +1, 12 PIM

The older of the Kazionov brothers has really got it cooking. Dmitry had a multi-point effort today to help propel Kazan to a 4-1 victory over Dynamo Minsk. The forward played 12:11 in the match. Kazionov has already eclipsed his goal total from a season ago (9) set in 55 games. Kazionov is also on a pace to post a modest improvement in points over his total from a year ago (20). Kazan sits in sixth in the standings in the KHL's Eastern Conference.

KHL Game Day: 12-9-09

Ekaterinburg 0 @ Omsk 4
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 21/21, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 15-10, 3 SO, 1.95 GAA, .916 sv%

Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 4-3-7, -10, 10 PIM

Ramo rebounded from his rough outing against Magnitogorsk by throwing a 21 save shutout against lowly Ekaterinburg. It was Ramo's third shutout of the season. Kazionov played 15:01 in the match for Ekaterinburg.

Magnitogorsk 4 @ Astana 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 27/27, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 17-13, 5 SO, 2.02 GAA, .925 sv%

Remember what we said about Koshechkin having a history of getting shutouts in bunches? After a small blip against Karri Ramo's Omsk in which he allowed 3 goals, Koshechkin threw his third shutout in his last four starts today by blanking Astana 4-0. Koshechkin now is along in first in the KHL in shutouts and sits tied for third with former NHLer Robert Esche in wins.

Dynamo Moscow 3 @ Togliatti 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 3-7-10, -5, 26 PIM

Dare we say that the slump is over? After floundering in his first 25 or so games in the KHL, Harju's scoring has seen a modest uptick, as he assisted on Linus Omark's 14th goal of the season today to cap a three goal Dynamo third period. Harju played 15:32 in the match and was 40% on draws. Detroit Red Wings property Jiri Hudler had his 12th and 13th goals of the season for Dynamo in the win.

Dynamo Riga 2 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 10-1-11, E, 12 PIM

The elder Kazionov, who had 9 goals all of last season, potted his 10th of the season to cap a 4-2 win by Kazan over Dynamo Riga. Kazionov played 11:49 in the match.

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