KHL Game Day: 2-17-13
The end of the regular season...
Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Chelyabinsk 4
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
On the final day of the regular season, Nikita Nesterov snapped his season long scoreless drought with a helper on a Yegor Dugin goal in Chelyabinsk's 4-1 win over Magnitogorsk. The defenseman played 14:17 in the match. Caps first rounger Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 19th goal of the season in the win.
Novgorod 3 vs. Kabarovsk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khavarovsk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 24 GP, 4-8-12, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 30 GP, 4-9-13, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev capped off his season the right way scoring a Second Period even strength goal in 14:00 of ice time in Khabarovsk's 3-2 loss to Novgorod. The goal put Gusev at a half a point a game since his trade to Amur, and he averaged a decent 12:53 of ice time a game for the team.
Cherepovets 3 vs. Nizhnekamsk 4 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, OT Loss, 27/31, 4.00 GAA, .871 sv%
Season totals: 51 GP, 28-20-3, 8 SO, 2.13 GAA, .923 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin, who was named the KHL's Player of the Month for January, dropped his final start of the season 4-3 in overtime to Nizhnekamsk. Koshechkin ends the season with the most shutouts in the KHL at 8. Teammate Denis Kazionov, a former Lightning draft pick, was scoreless in the match and finished with 14 goals and 22 points in 45 games this season.
Dinamo Minsk 2 vs. Ufa 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 32/34, 2.00 GAA, .941 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%
Andrey Vasilevskiy capped his regular season by stopping 32 shots in a 3-2 victory over Dinamo Minsk. Ex-Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala had 1 goal and 1 assist for Minsk in defeat.
Dinamo Riga 3 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 16/19, 3.00 GAA, .842 sv%
Season totals: 47 GP, 26-17-4, 5 SO, 2.17 GAA, .928 sv%
Jaroslav Janus completed his superb rookie regular season in the KHL with a 3-1 loss to Dinamo Riga. Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen had Slovan's only goal in the loss. Ex-Lightning forward and Riga captain Martins Karsums scored the game winning goal for Dinamo.
The playoffs begin Wednesday, with only Gusev's Khabarovsk failing to qualify for the postseason among teams with Lightning prospects. In the Western Conference, Koshechkin and 5th seeded Cherepovets will square off with 4th seeded Yaroslavl Lokomotiv to start the playoffs. Janus and 6th seeded Bratislava draw 3rd seed Dynamo Moscow. In the Eastern Conference, Nesterov and 3rd seeded Trakot Chelyabinsk will get 6th seed Barys Astana. 5th seed Ufa and Andrey Vasilevskiy draw 4th seed Magnitogorsk.