Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Dinamo Riga 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 33/35, 2.01 GAA, .943 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 24-9-6, 7 SO, 1.93 GAA, .938 sv%
Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 3 points for Magnitogorsk as they tripled up Dinamo Riga 6-2. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov had minor penalties for hooking and holding for Metallurg in the win.
Nizhnekamsk 4 vs. Bratislava 3 (OT)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 28/30, 2.35 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 29 GP, 12-13-4, 2 SO, 3.08 GAA, .891 sv%
Goaltender Jaroslav Janus replaced starter Miroslav Kopriva 10:21 into the First Period and ended up taking the backdoor loss as Bratislava fell 4-2 in overtime. Slovan got a power play goal and a shorthanded goal from former NHLer Miroslav Satan in the defeat.
Chekhov 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 4 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-3-6, -7, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on a Second Period goal by Alexei Kruchinin and scored in 2 out of 3 of his attempts on former Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund in the shootout to deliver Yugra a 4-3 win over Chekhov. The young forward was also +2 in his 12:15 of ice time in, undoubtedly, his finest statistical game of the season.
Elsewhere, Andrey Vasilevskiy did not dress for Ufa's 5-1 loss to Praha. Vasilevskiy is returning to Ufa from the Russian U20 junior team after their Bronze Medal performance at the U20 World Junior Championships.
Chelyabinsk 2 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 28 GP, 12-12-4, 2 SO, 3.11 GAA, .889 sv%
Ex-NHLer Branko Radivojevic's shorthanded goal for Slovan with 2:37 left in regulation made it interesting, but Bratislava still fell 2-1 to Chelyabinsk. Jaroslav Janus sat backup after being shelled in his last outing for the club.
Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Praha 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 40/42, 2.00 GAA, .952 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 23-9-6, 7 SO, 1.92 GAA, .938 sv%
Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 2 assists to help propel Magnitogorsk to a 4-2 win over Praha. The bigger story may have been netminder Vasily Koshechkin, though, who stopped 40 shots to help his club overcome a 42-33 shot deficit for the victory.
Novgorod 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 5
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 3-2-5, -9, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev was -2 in 13:37 of ice time in Yugra's 5-4 win over Novgorod. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had a helper in the win for Yugra.
Elsewhere, in Andrey Vasilevskiy's absence, Ufa bested CSKA 5-2.
With the U20 World Junior Championships now over, the KHL standing set up as follows for the Lightning's prospects:
Janus and Bratislava appear to be in dire straits in 12th place in the 14 team Western Conference, 10 points behind 8th place Yaroslavl.
Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk are a solid 3rd in the Eastern Conference, 5 points back of leader Ak Bars Kazan. Vasilevskiy's Ufa club sits just 5 points behind Magnitogorsk in 4th in the conference. Nikita Gusev's Yugra club also looks to be in trouble in 11th place in the 14 team Eastern Conference, 14 points back of 8th place Chelyabinsk.
Sweden 2 vs. Russia 1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Loss, 19/21, 2.01 GAA, .905 sv%
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0, 0 SO, 2.02 GAA, .924 sv%
Columbus second rounder Oscar Dansk made 26 saves to help lead Sweden to a narrow 2-1 win over Russia. Pittsburgh third rounder Oskar Sundqvist had the game winning goal for the Swedes. Undrafted forward Damir Zhafyarov had Russia's only goal and was named their team's best player of the match. Vasilevskiy was named one of Russia's top-3 players for the tournament.
Canada 1 vs. Finland 5
Henri Ikonen, Finland, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM
Jonathan Drouin, Canada, 1-0-1, +1, 12 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 3-6-9, +5, 24 PIM
Blackhawks first rounder and Finnish captain Teuvo Taravainen had 2 goals and 1 assist in Finland's stunning 5-1 blitzing of Canada. Jonathan Drouin scored Canada's only goal, but also took his second penalty for checking to the head and neck area of the tournament, as well. He was not named one of Canada's top-3 players for the tournament.
Canada will square off with Russia in the Bronze Medal Match tomorrow while Finland and Sweden will play for the Gold Medal.
Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Bratislava 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 26/28, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 22-9-6, 7 SO, 1.92 GAA, .937 sv%
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 15/21, 10.85 GAA, .714 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 12-12-4, 2 SO, 3.11 GAA, .889 sv%
Jaroslav Janus was pulled 13:10 into the Second Period after former Capitals draft pick Oscar Osala's goal made it 6-0 as Magnitogorsk boat raced Slovan by a final tally of 6-2. Osala finished with 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory.
Kazan 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 3-2-5, -7, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev's goal, his first point in months, was not enough for Yugra as they were doubled up by Ak Bars Kazan 4-2. Kazan got a goal by former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov, his 8th of the campaign, in the victory.
Elsewhere, sans-Andrey Vasilevskiy Ufa defeated Riga 4-3 in overtime. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov had the winner for Ufa.
USA 2 vs. Canada 3
Jonathan Drouin, Canada, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 12 PIM
Adam Erne, USA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Jonathan Drouin had the primary assist on Curtis Lazar's power play, game winning goal as Canada edged USA 3-2. Drouin's Halifax teammate, Zachary Fucale, made 24 key stops on the way to being named the match's best player. Fucale was a second round pick by the Canadiens in the June draft.
Sweden 3 vs. Russia 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Loss, 29/32, 3.02 GAA, .906 sv%
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 1.61 GAA, .939 sv%
Montreal second rounder Jacob de la Rose scored with just 2:22 left in regulation to lift Sweden to a 3-2 triumph over Russia in the marquee matchup of Group B. Blue Jackets second rounder Oscar Dansk made 23 saves for the victory for Sweden. Vasilevskiy was named Player of the Game for Russia.
Finland 3 vs. Switzerland 4
Henri Ikonen, Finland, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM
Switzerland strikes again, this time upsetting the Finns, who had just upset the Russians. Ikonen had his second assist in as many games.
Canada and Sweden take the top spots in Group A and Group B, respectively. USA finishes in second in Group A and Russia finishes in third in Group B. The Quarterfinal Round takes place Thursday with USA and Russia squaring off in what may be a classic match and Canada drawing Switzerland. Finland will face the Czechs.