European Leagues

KHL Game Day: 9-4-14

Togliatti 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 5
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev's goal early in the third period helped Khanty-Mansiysk open up a 2 goal lead as they cruised to a 5-2 win over Lada Togliatti. Gusev played 17:19 in the match and also took a minor for slashing.

Bratislava 5 vs. Zagreb 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bartislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Jaroslav Janus sat backup to former Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund in Slovan's 5-2 thumping of Zagreb. Ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy led the way with a hat trick for Bratislava while former Lightning prospect Michel Sersen also chipped in a goal.

KHL Game Day: 9-3-14

Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Dynamo Moscow 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 33/34, 1.00 GAA, .971 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .971 sv%

It's back! Welcome to prospect season. The KHL opened their season Wednesday with defending Gagarin Cup champions Magnitogorsk spanking Dynamo Moscow 6-1. Ex-Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had a hat trick and a helper in the victory.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-30-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(1)Magnitogorsk 7 vs. (3)Praha 4
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-3
Magnitogorsk Wins the Gagarin Cup
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 43/47, 4.00 GAA, .915 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 21 GP, 16-5-0, 2 SO, 1.97 GAA, .934 sv%

Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 4 points to help lead Magnitogorsk to their Cup clinching 7-4 win over Praha in Game Seven of the Gagarin Cup Finals. Former Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist in the win and former Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov also had a helper in the match for Metallurg. Vasily Koshechkin wins his first Gagarin Cup and the victory also marks the first time the Gagarin Cup was won by a non-Russian coach as Metallurg's bench boss this season was none other than Iron Mike Keenan.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-28-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(3)Praha 5 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 4 (OT)
Series Tied at 3-3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, OT Loss, 27/32, 4.70 GAA, .844 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 20 GP, 15-5-0, 2 SO, 1.88 GAA, .936 sv%

So close, and yet so far for Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk. Mikko Maenpaa scored for Praha with just 2:21 left in regulation and former Thrashers draft pick Nathan Oystrick tallied 3:53 into Overtime as Lev Praha stunned Magnitogorsk 5-4 in Game Six to even up the series. There will be a Game Seven. 4 of Praha's 5 goals came from defensemen while Magnitogorsk got 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat from former Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-26-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(1)Magnitogorsk 2 vs. (3)Praha 1 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 35/36, 0.87 GAA, .972 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 19 GP, 15-4-0, 2 SO, 1.73 GAA, .941 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin scored 8:43 into Overtime with his second goal of the game to deliver Magnitogorsk the critical 2-1 Game Five win over Praha in their Gagarin Cup Finals. Mozyakin appears to be closing in on being named the playoffs MVP, although his teammate Koshechkin may have something to say about that, while his linemates Danis Zaripov and Jan Kovar each had 2 assists in the game, as well. It should be noted the goaltending of Vasily Koshechkin allowed Magnitogorsk to overcome a 36-25 shot deficit in the game. Ex-Kings pick Justin Azevedo had Praha's only goal. Game Six is Monday and Magnitogorsk will get their first of two cracks to hoist the Gagarin Cup.

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