TTampa Bay Lightning goaltending prospect Vasili Koshechkin, 24, made a good first impression on Day 1 of the IIHF World Championships in Russia. Koshechkin made 24 saves on 25 shots faced as he and his Russian teammates earned an impressive victory, 9-1, over Denmark in Moscow.
Koshechkin, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound native of Togliatti, Russia, made 15 saves on 16 shots through two periods and blanked the Denmark squad in the second and third periods. Denmark scored their only goal with 2:40 remaining in the first period. He made nine saves in the third period to secure his first international team victory. Offensively, the Russians got goals from nine different players, including NHL Calder Trophy candidate Evgeni Malkin, Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin and Los Angeles’ Alexander Frolov.
The Lightning’s selection in the eighth round, 233rd overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Koshechkin played in 42 games for Lada Togliatti of the Russian Super League in 2006-07. He posted a 2.02 goals-against average and played in three playoff games for Lada this year. He has played for Togliatti since the 2003-04 season when he made his Super League debut and played in eight games. In his three seasons in Russia’s top hockey league he had never finished a season with a GAA higher than 2.47.