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Women’s Hockey Update: March 20th, 2018


SKIF Nizhny Novgorod’s Polina Bolgareva breaks through the Dynamo St. Petersburg defence to test goalie Valeriya Merkusheva during a game last week.  (Image Source)

There was not too much in the way of Women’s Hockey League action this past week, with just two pairs of games on the schedule.  There was, however, the final qualifying tournament of the amateur League of Women’s Hockey, so the national championship tournament teams for that are all set.  And there was some deep drama in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League playoffs — read on!

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To the Last Eight in the MHL


Reaktor Nizhnekamsk’s Bulat Shafigullin (in blue) works against the Stalny Lisy Magnitogorsk defence during the first round of the MHL playoffs.  Shafigullin would be a key figure in a huge upset!  (Image Source)

A week or so ago we looked at the then-impending first round of the playoffs in the MHL — Russia’s top-tier men’s junior league.  Well, that round is now complete, as the series were all best-of-five, and we have the pairings for the last eight.  Read on, for a quick recap of the opening series with some discussion of key performers, and of course a look at those upcoming match-ups in the second round.

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KHL Playoffs Round 2 “Preview”: West Conference


No such thing as too many pictures of Sergei Mozyakin!  (Image Source)

So I goofed.  Somehow, a bit of KHL re-scheduling news got past me, and I did not realize that the East Conference second round games also started today along with the West.  Hence the quotation marks around “preview” — read on, for East Conference “previews” with the results of today’s games duly taken into account!

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KHL Playoffs Round 2 Preview: West Conference


Jokerit Helsinki’s amazing young forward Eeli Tolvanen. (Image Source)

Yesterday here at the blog we looked back to the first round of the 2017-18 KHL playoffs; now it’s time to look ahead to the second.  Round 2 in the West Conference will feature the top four seeds, all of whom had fairly smooth paths through the first stage.  Read on, for a look at SKA versus Lokomotiv and CSKA versus Jokerit.

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A Thrilling End to the KHL’s First Playoff Round!


Salavat Yulaev Ufa’s Maxim Goncharov is about to have some company (#82 Igor Makarov, for example) moments after his Game 7 overtime goal brought an end to a thrilling series against Avangard Omsk. (Image Source)

The first round of the 2017-18 Gagarin Cup playoffs in the KHL was a tale of two conferences.  In the West, none of the four series went beyond five games, and only one even got that far.  By stark contrast, five games was the shortest series in East, and one match-up — the one that ended today in Ufa — went to overtime of the seventh match.  Read on, for a quick look back at each of the first-round series, and a recap of today’s thriller in Ufa!

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Women’s Hockey Update: March 13th, 2018


A student from the Salavat Yulaev Ufa hockey school does the opening faceoff honours at yesterday’s Women’s Hockey League game between Agidel Ufa and Dynamo St. Petersburg (that’s Agidel captain Yekaterina Lebedeva on the right, and Dynamo’s captain Alyona Andryushchenko on the left).  The match was also part of the 2018 IIHF Global Girls’ Game!  (Image Source)

There were some big games this week in the Women’s Hockey League, as the playoff picture continues to take shape.  We now have one team with a post-season spot mathematically secured, while the battle for the other three such places continues.  Read on, for some game recaps and a quick look at the end of the season in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

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Eight Teams Standing in the VHL


Goalie Andrei Litvinov guards the Metallurg Novokuznetsk net during their first-round series against Saryarka Karaganda.  And he guarded it very well indeed when the chips were down!  (Image Source)

The junior MHL playoffs, which we looked at yesterday, are just getting underway, but in the VHL (Russia’s second-tier men’s pro league), the first round of the quest for the Petrov Cup wrapped up on Friday.  And it featured some very interesting performances, including a tremendous upset achieved under the most dramatic circumstances!  So read on, for looks back at the first round and ahead to the second.

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The MHL Playoffs are Here!


Loko Yarslavl’s Daniil Isayev makes a save under pressure from Alexander Petunin of Dynamo Moscow during 2017-18 MHL action.  Both players count very much as “guys to watch!”  (Image Source)

The 2017-18 regular season of the MHL, Russia’s top men’s junior hockey league came to an end this past Tuesday in dramatic fashion.  Russkie Vityazi Chekhov, junior team of the KHL’s Vityaz Moscow Oblast, needed a point from their final game to sneak ahead of MHK Dynamo Moscow and take the last playoff berth in the league’s West Conference.  Things look dire for the “Russian Knights,” down 0-1 to HK Riga in the closing stages.  But Pavel Gorokhov scored for the Chekhov side, and seven seconds later so did Ilya Chuikov, and that was enough; Russkie Vityazi held on to win 2-1, and with that all the playoff matchups were known.  And the post-season hunt for the Kharlamov begins tomorrow — read on, for a look at the pairings and some notes on the regular season!

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Women’s Hockey Update: March 6th, 2018


Aneta Tejralová (l.) of Dynamo St. Petersburg and Arktik-Universitet Ukhta’s Leisan Iskhakova in Women’s Hockey League action this past week. (Image Source)

The Women’s Hockey League came out of its Olympic break this past week, and it did so in a big way, with 12 games on the schedule as the playoff picture begins to solidify.  There were some thrilling games in there too, as well as a historic moment for Agidel Ufa, so read on for recaps, and for a look at some action this past weekend in Russia’s amateur U18 league.

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2017-18 KHL Playoff Preview: East Conference, Round 1


Ak Bars Kazan (in green) and Amur Khabarovsk will renew acquaintances in the first round in the KHL’s East Conference. (Image Source)

The East Conference of the KHL was a close thing this season, with just 12 points separating first place from the final playoff spot in eighth (less than the gap between fourth and eighth in the West).  And that makes picking a winner a little more difficult than it might be in some cases.  However, we have forged on regardless, so read on for a preview of the four first-round series, all of which will begin on Sunday!

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