Khabarovsk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 4 (SO)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 6 PIM
Martins Karsums was scoreless and -1 in 17:16 in Riga's 4-3 shootout win over Khabarovsk. Karsums also took a roughing penalty in overtime in the match.
Hanty-Mansiysk 0 @ Cherepovets 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 3.50 GAA, 9.13 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin did not dress as his backup, Rastislav Stana, had a 32 save shutout against Yugra.
Omsk 5 @ Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 36/41, 5.00 GAA, .878 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 3.50 GAA, .913 sv%
Jaromir Jagr had a pair of goals in Omsk's 5-1 pasting of Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets. Former Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo turned away 22 shots for the win for Avangard.
Novosibirsk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Dynamo Riga fell to Novosibirsk 3-2 despite a pair of goals by forward Tomas Surovy. Lightning overage prospect Martins Karsums was scoreless in 17:57 of ice time.
Novokuznetsk 0 @ Dynamo Riga 3
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Martins Karsums was scoreless in 12:54 in Riga's 3-0 shutout win over Novokuznetsk. Riga goaltender Chris Holt stopped all 18 shots he faced.
Astana 2 @ Cherepovets 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 37/39, 2.00 GAA, .949 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .949 sv%
It's Vasily Koshechkin's fourth team he's played for in Russia, but the story remains the same. The big goaltender stopped 37 of 39 shots faced in his Cherepovets debut to help Severstal defeat Astana 5-2.
Former Lightning prospect Karri Ramo stopped 27 shots in Omsk's 4-3 win over Spartak Moscow. Who was in the other crease? Hockey legend Dominik Hasek allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss.
Mytischi fell 1-0 in a shootout to Novgorod, with the winning marker belonging to ex-Springfield Falcon Ryan Vesce. Mytischi was without the services of Lightning prospect Denis Kazionov, who was cut loose by the team earlier this month. No word, as of yet, on where the younger Kazionov brother will land.
Russian website championat.ru is reporting a rumor sourced to Sport-Express that goaltender Vasily Koshechkin may possibly play next season for KHL club Mytischi. Koshechkin split last season between Togliatti and Magnitogorsk of the KHL and was reportedly an option to be signed by the Lightning this summer if ex-GM Brian Lawton had remained in Tampa Bay. Mytischi added Lightning prospect Denis Kazionov to its roster earlier this offseason and recently re-signed former Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov.
Gold Medal Match
Russia 1 @ Czech Republic 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves and held Russia scoreless until a late empty-net goal by Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk as the Czech Republic stunned Russia 2-1 to win World Championships gold. Russian starter Semyon Varlamov had 23 saves in the loss. Russia gets the silver medal. The Lightning must now decide if they want to pursue the services of goaltender Vasily Koshechkin, who was 3-0-0 in the tournament for the Russians.
Bronze Medal Match
Sweden 3 @ Germany 1
Victor Hedman, Sweden, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, +5, 6 PIM
Johan Harju, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 9 GP, 4-1-5, -1, 4 PIM
Oilers 1st round pick Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson scored his 5th goal of the World Championships and the Leafs' Jonas Gustavsson made 20 saves as Sweden defeated home country Germany 3-1 to secure the bronze medal. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman played 14:28 in the match and took a roughing minor late in the third period. Lightning prospect forward Johan Harju played 17:15, but was on the ice for Germany's lone goal by Alexander Barta. Both Harju and Hedman, obviously, are under contract to the Lightning and will be coming to training camp for the club in the Fall.