Yulaev 4 @ Omsk 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 31/35, 4.00 GAA, .886 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 16-13, 3 SO, 2.06 GAA, .913 sv%
The pride of Ufa, Salavat Yulaev, blitzed Omsk 4-1 to stay in a tie with Magnitogorsk at 87 points for first in the Eastern Conference. Yulaev got 3 goals past Karri Ramo in the final frame of the game to cement the win.
Kazan 7 @ Khabarovsk 2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 14-4-18, +2, 12 PIM
Dmitri scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season in 14:59 of ice time as Kazan bulldozed Khabarovsk 7-2. Khabarovsk currently sits just 2 points ahead of Novokuznetsk in second-to-last place in the Eastern Conference. Kazionov was assisted on both goals by Janne Pesonen, who played for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL last season and got a 7 game cup of coffee with Pittsburgh last year.
Yaroslavl 3 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 4-3-7, -13, 10 PIM
The younger Kazionov played 13:31 in today's match, but wasn't able to keep Ekaterinburg from drifting 7 points out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the East today in their 3-1 loss to Tarasov Division leader Yaroslavl. Lokomotiv got a pair of assists from former NHLer Richard Zednik in the win.
Spartak Moscow 1 @ Magnitogorsk 2 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 35 GP, 17-15, 5 SO, 2.07 GAA, .923 sv%
Vasily the Cat got the day off as his backup, Ilya Proskuryakov, stopped 19 of 20 shots and both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the victory over Spartak. Ex-Rangers draft pick Jan Marek and ex-Blackhawk and Norfolk Admiral Igor Radulov scored in the shootout for Metallurg.
Finland 0 vs. Russia 2
F Matias Sointu, FIN: Did not play.
Preliminary round play continued Monday at the U20 WJC tournament hosted in Saskatchewan with Finland playing their second match in as many days. Matias Sointu once again did not dress for the Finnish team who was shutout by Russian netminder Igor Bobkov 2-0 despite Finland outshooting the Russians 46-17. Former Columbus Blue Jacket winger and Russian captain Nikita Filatov led the offense with a goal and an assist.
Erie Otters 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 3 OT
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 31 saves on 34 shots
Season Totals: 12 GP, 6-4-2-0, 2.96 GAA, 0.913 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Janus dueled Plymouth goalie Matt Hackett to a 2-2 draw in regulation, but gave up the OT goal to the Whalers 2:19 into the extra period. The match was the first OHL game on the schedule since the league's break for the Christmas holidays.
Back to .500 with the biggest win of the season.
Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the win.
TB 18:59, Tanguay 6 (Lecavalier, Foster)
TB 19:48, St. Louis 8 (Foster, Stamkos)(PP)
BOS 12:30, Sturm 12 (Savard, Chara)
We're two games away from the midway point of the season and the Lightning have squared up their record at .500, just a few points out of 8th in the playoff chase.
Zenon Konopka had 5 penalty minutes in 7:20. Konopka is 3 games away from graduation here on Bolt Prospects.
Paul Szczechura had 2 blocked shots and was 58% on draws in 14:07.
James Wright had 1 hit in 6:28. Wright is now 3 games away from graduation here on BP.
Blair Jones had 4 shots, 1 hit, and 3 blocked shots in 14:42. I loves me some Blair Jones.
Victor Hedman was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 21:07. Hedman is now 4 games away from graduation here on BP.
Slovakia 8 vs. Latvia 3
C Richard Panik, SLO: 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Richard Panik opened the scoring at 0:33, and by 3:44 had netted the game's first two goals. He later added two assists in Slovakia's 8-3 rout of the hapless Latvian team. After two matches, Panik now sits 3rd place on the tournament scoring board with 3 goals and 2 assists.
Finland 4 vs. Czech Republic 3
F Matias Sointu, FIN: Did not play.
Matias Sointu did not dress for the Finnish team in their opening match of the tourney as the Finns rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Czech Republic 4-3.