The legend continues to grow. Vasily Koshechkin pitched his seventh shutout in his last eleven starts today defeating Novokuznetsk 2-0. Koshechkin improved his record to 8-3-1 on the season. This shutout was in many ways more impressive than his previous six because Koshechkin now plays behind a gutted Lada team that dumped 3/4 of its payroll at the November trade period.
For the Lokomotiv, Anton But scored his 8th goal of the season as Yaroslavl pummelled Chekhov 8-1.
Dimitry Kazionov went scoreless in his first game for Moscow Dynamo as they defeated Molot Perm 2-0.
In yesterday's lone Superleague game, Alexander Polushin scored a first period game winning goal as Cherepovets topped SKA St. Petersburg 2-1. The goal was Polushin's 7th of the season.
After missing two games, Radek Smolenak returned to the ice for Kingston against the Windsor Spitfires Thursday night. Smolenak had an assist for the Frontenacs, but it wasn't enough as they fell 3-2 in overtime. Smolenak was suspended for two games, punishment for a checking-from-behind major he earned last week. He was the only Lightning CHL prospect in action on this night.
Welcome back Marty St. Louis...
Two straight solid games for John Grahame. He's starting to hit his stride as we move towards the mammoth show down in the Southeast with Carolina.
Evgeny Artyukhin with an assist on the Lightning's second goal by Brad Richards. +1 in a sparing 6:54 of ice time. I was hoping Torts could get him out more against Campoli who is a smaller defenseman who looked clueless how to contain R2. Ranger with a quiet, efficient 17:37 of even hockey.
Game sheet from NHL.com.