KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(7)Novgorod 3 vs. (1)CSKA 5
CSKA Leads the Series 3-1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 36 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM
Carter Ashton got tossed for fighting ex-Lightning prospect defenseman Artem Sergeev in 16:23 of ice time in Novgorod's 5-3 Game Four loss to top seed CSKA. Sergeev also had a helper in the match. Ex-Canadiens pick Sergei Kostitsyn had a pair of goals in defeat for Novgorod, which now faces elimination in Game Five.
(6)St. Petersburg 4 vs. (5)Dynamo Moscow 0
Series Tied 2-2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-4-4, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 3-8-11, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a quartet of helpers, three of which came on the power play, in SKA's 4-0 Game Four blanking of Dynamo Moscow. He played 16:08 in the win. 29 year old veteran Vadim Shipachev had a hat trick plus an assist in the win for SKA, and ex-Isles pick Mikko Koskinen stopped all 25 shots he faced for the shutout.