KHL Game Day: 1-5-14
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.