Kazionov, Dmitri

European Game Day: 4-11-10

Kval till Elitserien (Sweden)
Rogle 3 @ Sodertalje 2 (SO)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 6-3-0, 1 SO, 2.74 GAA, .911 sv%

With Sodertalje's spot in the Elitserien sewed up for next season, Riku Helenius got today off in the 10th and final match of the promotion/relegation series. Helenius' backup, Pontus Sjogren, stopped 42 shots before allowed 3 of 6 shooters to capitalize in the shootout for the loss. Helenius' roller coaster season is over, and he and the Lightning will now contemplate a way forward for the former first round draft pick who played very well at times, and very poorly at other junctures.

Sodertalje finished first in the Kval till Elitserien with 21 points, 3 ahead of Allsvenskan side AIK, which defeated Vaxjo Lakers 2-0 today to grab a promotion into the Elitserien for next season. It's a remarkable accomplishment for a team that just a few months ago was contemplating a move into the KHL. They finished 2 points ahead of Rogle, which will be relegated to the Allsvenskan next season.

KHL (Russia) Western Conference Finals
No Lightning prospects were involved, but in Game Seven KHK MVD defeated Yaroslavl 2-1. Ex-Thrashers prospect Michael Garnett stopped 25 of 26 shots he faced in the win. He'll face Ak Bars Kazan and Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov in the KHL Gagarin Cup Finals, which begin on Thursday in Kazan.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-10-10

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(3)Kazan 2 @ (1)Yulaev 1
Kazan Wins the Series 4-2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 3-1-4, +2, 8 PIM

Ex-Thrashers draft pick Ilya Nikulin scored a power play goal with 4:53 left in regulation to lift Kazan to a 2-1 Game Six, series clinching win at Yulaev. Kazan wins the series 4-2 and will face the winner of Game Seven between KHK MVD and Yaroslavl tomorrow in the Western Conference Finals. Lighntning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 18:47 in the match.

European Game Day: 4-8-10

KHL (Russia) Eastern Conference Finals
(1)Yulaev 2 @ (3)Kazan 1
Kazan Leads the Series 3-2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 3-1-4, +3, 8 PIM

Things are getting interesting in the KHL Eastern Conference Finals. After sprinting out to a 3-0 series lead, Kazan has allowed top seeded Yulaev back into the series with 2 straight wins. Today, Yulaev got 1 goal and 1 assist in the third period from ex-Predator Alexander Radulov in a come-from-behind Game Five victory. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 20:40 in the match and has been playing on Kazan's top line for much of the playoffs.

In the Western Conference Finals, Yaroslavl leads KHK MVD 3 games to 2. Kazan will try to finish off the Eastern Conference Finals again on Saturday.

Kval till Elitserien (Sweden)
Sodertalje 1 @ AIK 2 (OT)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 35/37, 1.99 GAA, .946 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 6-3-0, 1 SO, 2.74 GAA, .911 sv%

AIK forward Richard Gynge scored a game winning power play goal for AIK just 17 seconds in overtime to defeat Riku Helenius and Sodertalje. For Helenius, it was his 3rd defeat in his past 4 starts after beginning the promotion/relegation tournament with 5 straight victories. Sodertalje's offense has been hamstrung without ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll, who has not played in Sodertalje's past three games.

Despite the loss, Sodertalje has secured its spot in the Elitserien for next season with AIK earning just 1 point in the standings for the victory and Leksands and Rogle also losing. The more intriguing situation is occuring in the battle for 2nd place on the Kval till Elitserien table, which will yield the final Elitserien spot for next season. AIK holds 1 point lead now over Rogle and a 2 point lead over Leksands and Almtuna with just 1 game left to go and each regulation victory in Sweden being worth 3 points. As an interesting subplot, AIK, which has been on the brink of financial ruin the past few seasons despite being based in the population center of Stockholm, signed a letter-of-intent earlier this season to join the KHL next year but was denied the right to join the Russian league by the Swedish ice hockey federation. Now the team, which has been toiling in the Allsvenskan for the past few seasons, controls its own destiny and is one game away from joining Sweden's top league.

The Kval till Elitserien closes on Sunday with Sodertalje playing Rogle, AIK playing Vaxjo, and Leksands squaring off with Almtuna.

European Game Day: 4-6-10

KHL (Russia) Eastern Conference Finals
(3)Kazan 2 @ (1)Yulaev 4
Kazan Leads the Series 3-1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 3-1-4, +3, 8 PIM

Top seeded Yulaev staved off a sweep in Game Four of the KHL Eastern Conference Finals, defeating Kazan 4-2. Ex-Predator Alexander Radulov scored a pair of goals in the match for Yulaev. Ex-Lightning first rounder Nikita Alexeev was kicked out of the match for Kazan in a late second period brawl with ex-Leafs draft pick Vladimir Antipov of Yulaev. Current Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 16:56 in the match.

Kazan will try again to finish off Yulaev in a match at home on Thursday.

Kval till Elitserien (Sweden)
Leksands 3 @ Sodertalje 2 (OT)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 44/47, 2.88 GAA, .936 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 6-2-0, 1 SO, 2.83 GAA, .905 sv%

Despite making 44 saves, Riku Helenius was handed his second loss of the Kval till Elitserien series in a 3-2 overtime loss to a Leksands club desperate to grab the final spot in the Elitserien for next season. Phoenix first rounder Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a goal in the match for Leksands. With their win, the Allsvenskan side moved to within 1 point of 2nd place Rogle in the standings, with the top two teams in the series earning a spot in the Elitserien for next season. They are tied with fellow Alsvenskan side AIK, which defeated Rogle 5-4 in regulation today.

Sodertalje, for its part, remains in first place in the series with a 6 point lead on 3rd place Leksands and a solid +8 goal differential, making the team all but a lock to make the Elitserien next season with 2 games remaining in this year's promotion/relegation series. Sodertalje will face AIK next on Thursday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-5-10

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(3)Kazan 3 @ (1)Yulaev 2 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 3-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 3-1-4, +6, 8 PIM

Former Lightning first round pick Nikita Alexeev scored a game winning goal 8:51 into overtime to put Kazan within one win of the KHL Finals, helping Ak Bars defeat Yulaev 3-2 in Game Three of their Eastern Conference Finals series. Kazan scored a pair of third period goals to force overtime after Yulaev led 2-0 throuigh 40 minutes on a pair of markers by former NHLer Viktor Kozlov. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 22:06 in the match.

In the Western Conference, Yaroslavl tied up their series with KHK MVD 2-2 after winning 6-1 today in Game Four. Kazan will attempt to complete the sweep at Yulaev tomorrow.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-3-10

Eastern Conference Finals
(1)Yulaev 1 @ (3)Kazan 2 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 2-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 3-1-4, +5, 8 PIM

Hannes Hyvonen scored 4:23 into overtime to lift Kazan to a 2-1 Game Two victory over top seed Yulaev and a 2-0 series lead in the KHL Eastern Conference Finals. Yulaev needed a goal with 15 seconds left in regulation by Valdimir Antipov just to force overtime, but their celebration was short lived. Kazan's other goal came from ex-Thrashers draft pick Ilya Nikulin. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 20:36 in the match and took a first period minor penalty for high sticking.

Game Three between Yulaev and Kazan is Monday. Tomorrow is Game Three in the Western Conference between KHK MVD and Yaroslavl with that series deadlocked at 1-1.

European Game Day: 4-2-10

KHL (Russia) Playoff Game Day
Eastern Conference Finals
(1)Yulaev 3 @ (3)Kazan 4
Kazan Leads the Series 1-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 3-1-4, +5, 6 PIM

Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov picked a heck of a time to have a breakout game. Kazionov had a pair of goals today, each assisted by former NHLer Niko Kapanen, to help Kazan knock off top seed Yulaev in Game One of their KHL Eastern Conference Finals series. The 2002 4th round pick played 18:23 in the match.

In the Western Conference Finals series, KHK MVD and Yaroslavl are tied 1-1 after trading overtime wins over the past couple of days. Game Two between Kazan and Yulaev is slated for tomorrow.

Kval till Elitserien (Sweden)
Vaxjo 7 @ Sodertalje 6 (OT)
Riku Helenius, Sodetalje, Loss, 28/35, 6.83 GAA, .800 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Kval till Elitserien totals: 7 GP, 5-1-0, 1 SO, 2.82 GAA, .900 sv%

All good things come to an end, and Riku Helenius' personal 7 game winning streak that extended back into the Elitserien regular season was spoiled spectacularly today in a 7-6 overtime loss to Allsvenskan side Vaxjo. Sodertalje still sits in first on the promotion/relegation series table.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-28-10

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(3)Kazan 3 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 1
Kazan Wins the Series 4-2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 6 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 23/26, 3.00 GAA, .885 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 5-4, 1 SO, 2.02 GAA, .930 sv%

Happy trails to Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk. Alexei Badyukov had a pair of goals in Kazan's 3-1 Game Six victory to eliminate Metallurg from the Eastern Conference Semifinal series. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 17:06 in the match and took a second period minor for slashing. The Lightning are reportedly interested in signing Koshechkin, whose season is now complete.

Kazionov and Kazan advances to face top seeded Yulaev in the Eastern Conference Finals after Yulaev defeated Nizhnekamsk 2-1 today to seal a six game semifinal series victory. In the Western Conference, KHK MVD will face Yaroslavl.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-26-10

Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Magnitogorsk 1 @ (3)Kazan 3
Kazan Leads the Series 3-2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 21/24, 4.50 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 5-3, 1 SO, 1.90 GAA, .935 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin was chased after 40 minutes as Kazan seized a 3-2 series lead over Magnitogorsk by defeating Metallurg 3-1. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 17:31 in the match. Jarkko Immonen had 1 goal and 2 assists in the match for Kazan. Game Six is on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Yulaev defeated Nizhnekamsk 2-1 in overtime to take a 3-2 Eastern Conference Semifinal lead in their series. Tomorrow, Yaroslavl will attempt to close out Spartak Moscow in Game Six of their Western Conference Semifinal series.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-24-10

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(3)Kazan 1 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 2
The Series is Tied 2-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 23/24, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 5-2, 1 SO, 1.66 GAA, .942 sv%

Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM

It's all square now. Ex-Rangers draft pick Jan Marek had both goals for Magnitogorsk in a 2-1 Game Four win over Ak Bars Kazan. Magnitogorsk was outshot 24-20 in the match, but Magnitogorsk has Koshechkin, who now sports a monsterous .942 playoff save percentage. The other Lightning prospect in the game, Dmitri Kazionov, played 17:13 in the match.

Tomorrow, the Western Conference series' will be back in action with Game Five contests. With the exception of the Dynamo Riga/KHK MVD series, which Riga trails 3-1, all of the other playoff series are now knotted at 2-2 a piece.

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