KHL Game Day: 9-4-15

Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Togliatti 2 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-3-5, +1, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev did not play in Yugra's 3-2 OT win over Lada Togliatti. We'll see if the talented forward's absence from Yugra is a long term issue.

Elsewhere, still no official word on where Saku Salminen will land for his 2015-2016 campaign and there was additional news out of Finland that Jonne Tammela will miss 1-2 months for KalPa with an injury.

Lightning Lose Vasilevskiy for 2-3 Months

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had successful surgery on Thursday, September 3, to remove a blood clot from near his left collarbone and to treat a type of Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. The Lightning's top-ranked prospect is expected to make a full recovery in 2-3 months.

Vasilevskiy played 16 regular season games for the Lightning in 2014-15, compiling a record of 7-5-1 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.36 goals-against average with one shutout. He also appeared in four Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman, via beat writers Erik Erlendsson (Tampa Tribune) and Joe Smith (Tampa Bay Times) on Twitter, said the plan is to see how projected No. 3 goalie Kristers Gudlevskis and rookie pro Adam Wilcox do in camp and possibly bring in a free agent on a camp invitation. Free agent goalies currently available include Josh Harding (who was considering retirement last spring), Jonas Gustavsson (camping with Bruins), Ray Emery, and Peter Budaj (camping with Kings). Another option could be trading for, or claiming, an older prospect a team is trying to pass through waivers to their AHL club.

KHL Game Day: 9-3-15

Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Astana 2 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 23/25, 1.85 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-2, 0 SO, 1.94 GAA, .913 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin stopped all 3 shooters in the penalty shot session as Magnitka defeated Barys Astana 3-2 in the Shootout. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski had a pair of helpers for Astana, which blew a 2-0 lead coming out of the First Period. Washington Capitals first rounder Ilya Samsonov, who is Koshechkin's backup, has yet to see KHL game action this season.

KHL Game Day: 9-2-15

Cherepovets 4 vs. Novgorod 3 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM

Carter Ashton had a First Period power play goal in Novgorod's 4-2 SO loss to Cherepovets. Ashton played 19:13 in the match. Ex-NHLer Andrei Kostitsyn assisted on Ashton's marker.

KHL Game Day: 9-1-15

Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, 26/28, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-1, 0 SO, 1.97 GAA, .911 sv%

Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-3-5, +1, 2 PIM

Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolkski had 1 goal and 1 assist for Magnitogorsk in their 6-2 win over Yugra. Vasily Koshechkin turned aside 26 shots in the win. Nikita Gusev assisted on a Second Period goal to cut Yugra's defecit to 2-1, but Magnitka scored the next 3 goals to help put the victory away. Gusev played 18:14 in the match.

KHL Game Day: 8-31-15

Spartak 2 vs. Novgorod 5
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

Carter Ashton had his first KHL goal in 16:11 of ice time as Novgorod smashed Spartak Moscow 5-2. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy had a goal for Spartak in defeat.

KHL Game Day: 8-30-15

Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Ekaterinburg 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 12/14, 2.04 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-1, 0 SO, 1.96 GAA, .903 sv%

Magnitogorsk fell 2-1 to Ekaterinburg despite outshooting their opponents 23-14 in the match in a tight checking affair. It was Vasily Koshechkin's first loss of the campaign.

Ufa 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was held off the scoresheet for the first time this season as Ufa doubled up Yugra 4-2. The forward played 15:47 in the match and led his club with 6 shots on goal. Undrafted 22 year old defenseman Zakhar Arzamastsev had a pair of helpers for Ufa in the victory.

KHL Game Day: 8-29-15

St. Petersburg 1 vs. Novgorod 3
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 16:07 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-1 win over SKA St. Petersburg. The team got a pair of helpers from ex-NHLer Alexander Frolov in the win.

KHL Game Day: 8-28-15

Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 5
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 2-1-3, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 2 PIM

The Goose is loose! Nikita Gusev notched the Third Period, game winning goal and had a power play helper on the insurance marker in Yugra's 5-3 win over Traktor Chelyabinsk. The young forward also had a Second Period tally in the match and a minor for holding in 13:34 of ice time in his club's first win of the new regular season.

Tammela Staying Home

(Peterborough Examiner) Peterborough Petes rolled the dice at the CHL Import Draft and came up snake eyes.

Jonne Tammela, the Petes' lone pick, 15th overall in the July draft of European players, has opted to remain in Finland and play with his local pro team. Tammela was a fourth-round pick of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning in June.

Petes GM Mike Oke met with Tammela at the Lightning's development camp in July to educate him about the Petes. In early August Tammela's adviser informed the Petes he was staying home.

“From speaking with his advisor they've left the door open,” said Oke. “We'll continue to stay in touch with him and monitor his progress. They are open to us continuing to have dialogue and we'll see what the future holds. If circumstances change, Peterborough remains a viable option.

For the rest of this story, see the Peterborough Examiner.

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