Magnitogorsk 6 @ Chelyabinsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/25, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 15-13, 4 SO, 2.05 GAA, .922 sv%
Here comes Vasily Koshechkin. The big netminder got his second straight shutout as Magnitogorsk flattened Chelyabinsk 6-0, partly on the strength of another one goal and one assist effort by Sergei Fedorov. Koshechkin's fourth shutout of the season moves him into a tie for the league lead with teammate Ilya Proskuryakov. His .922 sv% is also tied for fourth in the league among netminders with 20 or more appearances. A year ago, with Lada Togliatti, Koshechkin put up eight shutouts, and he has shown an amazing propensity throughout his career for ripping off very long shutout streaks when he gets hot.
Omsk 2 @ Astana 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 14-9, 2 SO, 1.91 GAA, .917 sv%
Jaromir Jagr assisted on Dimitri Pestunov's game winning third period goal to help lift Karri Ramo and Omsk over Astana 2-1. Former Lightning draft pick Ilya Solarev took two minor penalties in the match for Astana. Interestingly, Ramo's numbers are very similar to St. Petersburg goaltender Robert Esche (15-7, 3 SO, 2.04 GAA, .916 sv%), who the Lightning briefly courted for Ramo's vacant backup spot in Tampa Bay before signing Antero Niittymaki.
Chekhov 0 @ Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/29, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 29 GP, 14-13, 3 SO, 2.13 GAA, .920 sv%
Koshechkin got his first shutout in a Metallurg jersey to help boost Magnitogorsk to a 4-0 victory. Former NHL superstar Sergei Fedorov supported Koshechkin with a goal and an assist in the match. Magnitogorsk moves 1 point ahead of Yulaev into 1st in the Eastern Conference.
CSKA 2 @ Ekaterinburg 1 (OT)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-3-7, -9, 10 PIM
CSKA got an overtime goal from ex-Senators draft pick Alexander Nikulin to pull out a 2-1 win over Ekaterinburg. Denis Kazionov played 13:29 in the match. Ekaterinburg has managed to climb over Novokuznetsk and Khabarovsk to get out of the Eastern Conference basement, but still sits 5 points behind Chelyabinsk for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.
Novgorod 3 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 4-3-7, -8, 10 PIM
Torpedo got a goal and an assist from former NHL first rounder Pavel Brendl to defeat Ekaterinburg 3-1. Denis Kazionov played 13:19 in the match.
CSKA 4 @ Magnitogorsk 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 22/26, 4.00 GAA, .846 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 13-13, 2 SO, 2.21 GAA, .916 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin got the support of a Sergei Fedorov goal, Fedorov's fifth of the season, to help him even his season record at 13-13 in Magnitogorsk's 5-4 win over CSKA. Six of Koshechkin's losses this season have come after regulation. Magnitogorsk sits in second in the Eastern Conference, two points behind first place Yulaev. CSKA got Columbus first rounder Nikita Filatov's tenth point of the season, an assist, in the losing effort. Filatov has played just six games for CSKA since being allowed by the Blue Jackets to depart North America for the KHL.
Khabarovsk 2 @ Omsk 3 OT
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 29/31, 1.88 GAA, .935 sv%
Season totals: 23 GP, 13-9, 2 SO, 1.95 GAA, .914 sv%
Alexander Popov scored the winning goal in overtime to give Ramo his 13th win of the season.
Novgorod 2 @ Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 20/22, 2.00 GAA, .909 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 12-13, 2 SO, 2.14 GAA, .919 sv%
Koshechkin got 1 goal and 1 assist from former NHLer Stan Chistov in support of his 12th win of the year.
Chekhov 3 @ Ekaterinurg 4 (OT)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 4-3-7, -7, 10 PIM
Ekaterinburg got a pair of goals from Nikolai Bushuev, including the overtime winner, to help propel them to victory over Chekhov. The younger Kazionov played 9:27 in the match and has averaged 10:53 over the course of this season.
Chelyabinsk 1 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/31, 1.00 GAA, .968 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 11-13, 2 SO, 2.14 GAA, .919 sv%
Koshechkin's bid for his first shutout with Magnitogorsk was spoiled by a Pavel Boychenko goal with less than 5 minutes to go in the Third Period. Magnitogorsk is now 2 points behind Cherepovets for first place in the Eastern Conference of the KHL.