European Game Day: 3/1/11

Elitserien Regular Season
Brynas 3 @ Sodertalje 2 (SO)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%

If Sodertalje misses the postseason and/or has to enter this year's promotion/relegation round, they'll be kicking themselves over the missed opportunities of the last two games. One game removed from a disheartening overtime loss, Sodertalje coughed up a late lead against Brynas and fell in the shootout to lose a critical 2 points in the standings. Ottawa draft pick Jakub Silfverberg scored on a 2-man advantage with the goaltender pulled with 1:10 left in regulation to force overtime and was the only successful shooter in the shootout to lead Brynas to the win. Sodertalje now finds themselves 2 points out of the final playoff spot in the Elitserien and 1 point out of 10th, which is the last spot in the league that avoids the promotion/relegation round, with 2 regular season games remaining. However, due to their league-worst -33 goal differential, none of the tiebreak scenarios are in Sodertalje's favor right now. Their final 2 games are against Timra (9th) and HV 71 (3rd). Given their proximity in the standings, that game against Timra on Thursday is shaping up to be a must-win for Sodertalje.

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Dynamo Moscow 3 @ (7)Dynamo Riga 1
Dynamo Riga Leads the Series 3-2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 17-15-32, -3, 46 PIM
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 6 PIM

Martins Karsums was scoreless in 18:21 in Riga's 3-1 Game Five loss to Dynamo Moscow. Moscow forces a Game Six with the victory. Riga will try again to close out the series on Thursday.

(4)Mytischi 2 @ (5)Cherepovets 1
Mytischi Leads the Series 3-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 31/33, 2.04 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 18-14-0, 2 SO, 2.92 GAA, .906 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 2-2-1, 0 SO, 2.47 GAA, .941 sv%

Ex-Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov had 1 goal and 1 assist and ex-NHLer Jan Bulis also scored to lead Mytischi to a critical Game Five win over Cherepovets, assuming a 3-2 series lead. The series will continue on Thursday with Vasily Koshechkin trying to help his team stave off elimination.

Elsewhere, Yaroslavl defeated Dynamo Minsk 2-1 in overtime to assume a 3-2 lead in the other active Western Conference playoff series. St. Petersburg is already through after a 4-0 sweep of Spartak Moscow.