European Game Day: 3-11-10

KHL Playoffs (Russia)

3-11-10
Eastern Conference

(1)Yulaev 5 @ (8)Ekaterinurg 1
Yulaev Leads the Series 1-0
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM, 6 SOG
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 20 PIM
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM

This probably won't end well for Ekaterinurg. Top seed Yulaev got goals from five different goal scorers as they blew out Ekaterinburg in Game One of their opening round playoff series. Lightning prospect Denis Kazionov played 14:54 in the match and led his team with 6 shots on goal. He also took three aggressive minor penalties for cross checking, charging, and roughing. It's a hat trick of minor penalty nastiness.

(2)Magnitogorsk 5 @ (7)Chelyabinsk 2
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 35/37, 2.00 GAA, .946 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .946 sv%

Magnitogorsk thumped Chelyabinsk 5-2 despite being outshot 37-33 in the contest. Former NHLers Sergei Fedorov and Stan Chistov each had 1 goal and 1 assist for Magnitogorsk in the victory.

(3)Kazan 4 @ (6)Astana 3 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 1-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM

Former NHLer Niko Kapanen had a pair of goals for Kazan as they defeated Astana in their opening game of the KHL playoffs. The elder Kazionov played 22:53 in the match for Kazan.

(4)Nizhnekamsk 2 @ (5)Omsk 0
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 20/22, 2.02 GAA, .909 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 21-17-4, 4 SO, 2.11 GAA, .913 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0. 0 SO, 2.02 GAA, .909 sv%

This much I know to be true: if your team can't score a goal for you, you can't win a playoff game as a goaltender.

Western Conference
(1)St. Petersburg 1 @ (8)Riga 3
Riga Leads the Series 2-0
Martins Karsums, Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +7, 16 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

I smell upset. Riga got 1 goal and 2 assists from Martin Kariya to help defeat St. Petersburg 3-1 and stake Riga to a 2-0 lead over the top seed in their opening round playoff series. Martins Karsums played 17:55 in the match.

(3)Dynamo Moscow 0 @ (6)Spartak Moscow
Spartak Leads the Series 2-0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 8 PIM

Unfortunately, an upset may also be in the offing for Spartak over Dynamo Moscow as well. Former Flyers farm hand Stefan Rucizka assisted on the only goal of the match by Evgeny Lapenkov. Johan Harju played just 10:43 in the match and was 38% on draws.

Elitserien (Sweden)

Sodertalje 3 @ MODO 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 31/33, 2.00 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-2-2, 0 SO, 2.60 GAA, .918 sv%

After sitting backup the past two games, Helenius was back in net for Sodertalje, backstopping them to a 3-2 win over MODO. Former NHLer Markus Naslund had 1 goal and 1 assist in the match for MODO. Sodertalje's regular season concludes on Saturday against Farjestads. They sit 11th in the 12 team league and will miss the playoffs.