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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-8-17

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(2) St. Petersburg 2 vs. (3) Dynamo Moscow 3 (OT)
Dynamo Moscow Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had an even strength goal and a game high 9(!) shots on goal in SKA's 3-2 OT loss to Dynamo Moscow. Gusev played 23:00 in the contest. Undrafted 25 year old forward Maxim Karpov had a hat trick to lead Dynamo to the upset Game One win.

Liiga Game Day: 3-4-17

KalPa 6 vs. SaiPa 0
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen remains out of the lineup injured, and some merciful league official just needs to put SaiPa's season out of its misery.

MHL Game Day: 3-3-17

Khabarovsk Jr. 1 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Oleg Sosunov had a minor for roughing in Loko Jr.'s 3-1 win over Khabarovsk Jr.

MHL Game Day: 3-2-17

Khabarovsk Jr. 2 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3 (OT)
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 31 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 77 PIM

Oleg Sosunov did not dress for Loko Jr.'s 3-2 OT win over Khabarovsk Jr. Sosunov, of course, was kicked out of his club's last match after participating in a line brawl near the end of the Third Period. Loko Jr. currently sits in third on the MHL Western Conference table, and look like a safe bet to get one of the top three seeds heading into the playoffs.

Liiga Game Day: 2-28-17

SaiPa 1 vs. Assat 2 (OT)
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Undrafted 24 year old Simon Suoranta scored a tying goal with less than 5 minutes to go in regulation and chased it down with the OT winner to lift Assat to a 2-1 win over SaiPa. SaiPa? Still bad. Salminen? Still hurt. SaiPa falls 3 points back of KooKoo in the Liiga basement.

MHL Game Day: 2-27-17

Primorsky Krai Jr. 4 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 6
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 25 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 77 PIM

Oleg Sosunov took 5 for fighting and a game misconduct as a line brawl broke out at the end of Loko Jr.'s 6-4 win over Taifun Jr. No word on whether the 6'8" defender chose the choke slam or the pile driver as his finishing move.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-27-17

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Podolsk 1 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 7
St. Petersburg Wins the Series 4-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had helpers at even strength and on the power play as SKA crushed Podolsk 7-1 to complete their opening round playoff sweep. Ex-NHL'er Evgeny Dadonov led SKA with 2 goals and 3 points in the match. SKA looks likely to play Dynamo Moscow in the next round with the 4th seed currently holding a 3-1 series lead over Novgorod and all Western series looking like they'll go straight chalk in the opening round.

MHL Game Day: 2-26-17

Primorsky Krai Jr. 3 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 2
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, E, 52 PIM

Oleg Sosunov was back up to the MHL level and scoreless in Yaroslavl Jr.'s 3-2 loss to Taifun Jr. Loko Jr. has 3 games left in its regular season before the start of the MHL playoffs, and currently holds the third seed in the MHL Western Conference behind CSKA Jr. and SKA Jr.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-25-17

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Podolsk 2 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 6
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 2 PIM
Regular Season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had an even strength goal and took a minor for interference in 13:10 of ice time as SKA dismanteled Podolsk 6-2 to take a 3-0 lead in their opening round series. SKA was led by 1 goal and 4 points by living legend Pavel Datsyuk. SKA scored 6 goals despite not being at full strength with Gusev's regular linemate Vadim Shipachyov not dressing for the contest. St. Petersburg will go for the series sweep on Monday.

Liiga Game Day: 2-24-17

SaiPa 0 vs. Ilves 3
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen = still hurt. SaiPa = still bad. Undrafted 23 year old goaltender Antti Lehtonen had to make just 16 saves for Ilves to record the shutout win.

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