KHL Game Day: 3-4-14
Last day of the KHL regular season!
Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Novgorod 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
And on the final day, Vasily rested. Koshechkin sat backup in Magnitogorsk's 4-2 win over Novgorod. Ex-Columbus pick Sergei Mozyakin led the way with 2 goals and 3 points.
Ufa 3 vs. Podolsk 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 23/25, 2.00 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Andrey Vasilevskiy finished up his rookie season of KHL hockey right turning aside 23 shots in Ufa's 3-2 win over Podolsk. Ex-NHLer Ivan Vishnevsky had the eventual game winner for Ufa.
St. Petersburg 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev capped his first full season at the KHL level with a game winning, power play goal to lift Yugra to a 2-1 upset win over SKA St. Petersburg. Gusev played 11:24 in the match. He finishes the regular season with 8 goals after averaging just 9:58 of ice time in 44 games.
Bratislava 2 vs. Zagreb 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, 29/32, 3.01 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 41 GP, 15-18-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%
Jaroslav Janus' season ended with a whimper as Slovan fell 3-2 to Zagreb. Ex-NHLer Jonathan Cheechoo assisted on the game-winning goal just 13 seconds into the final period of the match. It was Cheechoo's second helper of the game. Ex-Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster also scored for Zagreb.
Here's how the KHL playoffs shape up for the Lightning's prospects:
In the Western Conference, Slovan Bratislava (Jaroslav Janus) finished 11th, 17 points out of the money and will not season the postseason.
In the Eastern Conference, the late season heroics of Vasily Koshechkin allowed Metallurg Magnitogorsk to clinch the 1st seed in the conference by 8 points over divisional rival Ak Bars Kazan. Theyll face 8th seed Vladivostok, which made the playoffs in their expansion season.
Ufa (Andrey Vasilevskiy) will get the test of being the 4th seed and will square off against 5th seed Novgorod. Both teams finished with 94 points, but Ufa got the tiebreak.
Like Bratislava, Khanty-Mansisysk (Nikita Gusev) finished 11th in their conference and will not make the KHL's postseason tournament. They finished 14 points behind Vladivostok for the final playoff spot in the East.