Astana 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 7-6-13, -4, 10 PIM
January may well have been the turning point of Nikita Gusev's young KHL career. The diminutive sniper scored his 7th goal of the season in 15:21 of ice time in Yugra's 4-3 loss to Astana. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski scored the game winning goal for Astana while former NHLer Nik Antropov added 1 goal and 1 assist to Astana's cause.
Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 31/33, 2.00 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-15-7, 2 SO, 2.88 GAA, .898 sv%
Ex-Lightning first rounder Vladimir Mihalik assisted on former NHL'er Miroslav Satan's shorthanded, game winning goal in Bratislava's 3-2 win over Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil had a helper in defeat for Dynamo.
Vladivostok 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 25/27, 2.05 GAA, .926 sv%
Season totals: 47 GP, 28-11-7, 7 SO, 1.98 GAA, .937 sv%
Former Erie Otter Justin Hodgman scored the game winning goal on a penalty shot in Vladivostok's 2-1 squeaker over Magnitogorsk. Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov assisted on Metallurg's lone goal.
Novosibirsk 3 vs. Ufa 4 (SO)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, SO Win, 25/28, 2.77 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP< 11-8-5, 2 SO, 2.37 GAA, .919 sv%
Andrey Vasilevskiy stopped 3 of 5 shooters to help Ufa overcome Novosibirsk 4-3. All 3 of Ufa's shootout goals were scored by former Senators draft pick Igor Mirnov. Defenseman Alexei Vasilevskiy, scored the game opening goal for Ufa. It was the older Vasilevskiy's first KHL goal. Ex-Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov also lit the lamp for Ufa in the win.
Vladivostok 3 vs. Ufa 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 25/28, 3.05 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 11-8-4, 2 SO, 2.35 GAA, .920 sv%
Vladivostok built a 3-0 lead thanks in part to a goal from former Lightning defenseman Mike Commodore and rode out a Ufa comeback to win 3-2. Ex-Senators draft pick Ilya Zubov had a pair of helpers for Admiral in the win.
Novosibirsk 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 28/30, 2.01 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 46 GP, 28-10-7, 7 SO, 1.98 GAA, .937 sv%
Oleg Gubin's goal with 37 seconds left in regulation lifted Novosibirsk to a 2-1 triumph over Magnitogorsk. Former Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare had Metallurg's only goal, which was a Second Period shorthanded marker.
Ekaterinburg 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 6-6-12, -5, 10 PIM
Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev scored a shootout goal to help seal a 3-2 Yugra victory over Ekaterinburg. Yugra also got a shootout goal and a regulation goal from former Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak in the win. Gusev, who played 16:13 in the match, continues to cement his role as Yugra's shootout ace.
Chekhov 1 vs. Bratislava 2 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Win, 25/26, 0.92 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 36 GP, 14-15-7, 2 SO, 2.90 GAA, .896 sv%
Jaroslav Janus turned away 1 of 2 in the shootout session in Slovan's 2-1 win over Chekhov. Bratislava's shooters, conversely, were a perfect 3-for-3, including a conversion by former NHL'er Miroslav Satan. Ex-Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund took the loss for Chekhov.
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Omsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 6-6-12, -5, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev scored on a penalty shot 9:17 into the First Period in Yugra's 2-1 win over Omsk. The goal was scored on former Flames netminder Henrik Karlsson. Gusev ended up playing 14:11 in the contest. Ex-NHLer Sergei Kostitsyn scored the only goal for Omsk.
Novgorod 2 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 15/17, 2.00 GAA, .882 sv%
Season totals: 35 GP, 14-15-6, 2 SO, 2.97 GAA, .894 sv%
Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan assisted on Libor Hubacek's Second Period power play goal which turned out to be the game winner in Slovan's 3-2 win over Novgorod. Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had a goal in defeat for Novgorod.
Khabarovsk 0 vs. Ufa 1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, SO, 24/24, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 23 GP, 11-7-4, 2 SO, 2.31 GAA, .921 sv%
Andrey Vasilevskiy posted his second shutout of the season for Ufa in a 1-0 goaltending duel against Alexei Murygin and Khabarovsk. The game was a dead heat deep into the Third Period where former Senators second rounder Alexei Kaigorodov scored the game's only goal with 3:58 left in the contest.
Novokuznetsk 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 24/27, 3.00 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 45 GP, 28-9-7, 7 SO, 1.98 GAA, .937 sv%
Magnitogorsk built a 4-0 lead partly on the strength of 2 helpers from former Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin and held on for dear life in their 4-3 victory over Novokuznetsk. Novokuznetsk's comeback bid was keyed by a goal from former Penguins and Islanders farmhand Kurtis McLean.