European Game Day: 2/24/11

Elitserien Regular Season
Sodertalje 2 @ Djurgardens 0
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%

Pontus Sjogren made 30 saves to help Sodertalje shut out Djurgardens 2-0. With 4 games remaining in the regular season, 11th place Sodertalje is now tied with AIK at 66 points, and are now just 2 points back of 8th place Timra for the final playoff spot in the Elitserien. Sodertalje's next two games are against MODO and Brynas.

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Kazan 1 @ (7)Astana 0
Kazan Leads the Series 1-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 44 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 32 PIM
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Rangers farmhand Jarkko Immonen scored the game's only goal to lead Kazan to a 1-0 victory over Astana. Finnish net minder Petri Vehanen made 31 saves for the shutout.

KHL Wester Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Dynamo Moscow 8 @ (7) Dynamo Riga 4
Series Tied 1-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 17-15-32, -3, 46 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Ex-NHLer Chris Simon had a pair of goals as Moscow put an abominable snowman on the board against Riga to tie their opening round series at 1-1. Martins Karsums was scoreless in 14:38 in the match. Ex-Lightning draftee Ruslan Zainullin also had a helper in the match for Moscow.

(4)Mytischi 2 @ (5)Cherepovets 5
Series Tied 1-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 45/47, 2.00 GAA, .957 sv%
Season totals:
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 2.25 GAA, .952 sv%

Who needs defense when you have Vasya the Cat? Koshechkin, after making 49 saves in an overtime defeat in Game One made 45 saves in Game Two to help Cherepovets tie their opening round series with Mytischi at 1-1. Cherepovets is giving up an average of 52 shots a game, if you happen to be scoring at home. Ex-Lightning pick Fedor Fedorov had a goal in defeat for Mytischi.