Gusev, Nikita

KHL Game Day: 9-20-12

KHL (Russia):
Novokuznetsk 3 vs. Cherepovets 5

No box score has been published as of this posting.

Cherepovets will face Khabarovsk next on Saturday.

Kazan 6 vs. Chelyabinsk 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Nikita Nesterov (pictured) played for the first time in over a week in Chelyabinsk's 6-2 loss to Kazan. The action was Nesterov's first in the KHL this year. He played 13:58 in the match. Chelyabinsk plays Nizhnekamsk next on Saturday.

CSKA 1 vs. Astana 3
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -2 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev was demoted by CSKA to the MHL prior to their 3-1 loss to Astana. CSKA's KHL side gets Khanty-Mansiysk on Saturday. CSKA's MHL team faces Spartak Jr. on Friday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Nizhnekamsk Jr. 1 vs. Ufa Jr. 0
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Loss, 17/18, 1.00 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 1 SO, 1.38 GAA, .952 sv%

When I said yesterday that teams have no chance if they only get 18 shots on Andrei Vasilevski, I forgot to post the caveat that they might have a chance if they allow only 12 shots and shut the team in front of Vasilevski out. That happened today as he fell for the first time this season 1-0 to Nizhnekamsk Jr. The winning goal was scored with just 7 seconds left in regulation, no less. Amazing stuff, even in defeat. Ufa Jr. draws Perm Jr. next on Saturday.

KHL Game Day: 9-17-12

KHL
Chekhov 4 vs. CSKA 5 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM

Despite surrendering a pair of goals to ex-NHLer Alexander Korolyuk, CSKA defeated Chekhov 5-4 in a shootout. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev was -1 in 5:39 in the match. CSKA faces Astana next on Thursday.

Bratislava 4 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 42/44, 2.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-1-1, 1 SO, 1.74 GAA, .940 sv%

Jaroslav Janus continues to establish himself as one of the finest young goaltenders in the KHL. Despite being outshot 44-27, he repelled 42 shots on goal to deliver Slava to a 4-2 win over league power SKA. Impressive. Bratislava gets Omsk next on Saturday.

MHL
Orenburg 2 vs. Chelyabinsk Jr. 8
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Hey, there goes a snowman! These two teams rematch on Tuesday. Nikita Nesterov remains out of the lineup for Chelyabinsk Jr.

European Game Day: 9-15-12

Elitserien (Sweden):
HV 71 2 vs. Brynas 1 (OT)
Johan Harju, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM

Johan Harju was scoreless and took a minor for interference for Brynas in their 2-1 overtime loss to HV 71. Ex-Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist stopped 23 shots in defeat for Brynas. Brynas faces AIK next on Wednesday.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 2 vs. Praha 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, SO Loss, 26/28, 1.85 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-3-1, 0 SO, 2.31 GAA, .928 sv%

Despite a pair of helpers from former NHLer Niklas Bergfors, Cherepovets fell in the shootout 3-2 to Lev Praha. Cherepovets goaltender Vasily Koshechkin went 2 out of 3 in the penalty shot session for the loss. Cherepovets is off until Thursday when they'll play Novokuznetsk.

Chekhov 0 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, SO, 23/23, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-1, 1 SO, 1.68 GAA, .935 sv%

Jaroslav Janus (pictured) recorded his first career KHL shutout, stopping 23 in Bratislava's 3-0 blanking of Chekhov. Ex-Lightning defenseman Josef Boumedienne had a helper in the match. Slovan faces St. Petersburg next on Monday.

Dynamo Minsk 3 vs. CSKA 1
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless and -1 in 8:49 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 loss to Minsk. CSKA faces Chekhov on Monday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Ufa Jr. 3 vs. Chelyabinsk Jr. 2
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 27/29, 2.00 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 6-0-0, 0 SO, 1.67 GAA, .948 sv%

Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Death, taxes, Vasilevski. Nikita Nesterov was again out of the lineup for Chelyabinsk Jr. They'll face Orenburg on Monday while Ufa Jr. draws Berdsk on Wednesday.

European Game Day: 9-13-12

Elitserien (Sweden):
Brynas 2 vs. Vaxjo 1 (SO)
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM

Johan Harju assisted on Jorgen Sundqvist's opening goal 31 seconds into the First Period and took a minor for high-sticking in his debut for his new club, Brynas. But, it wasn't until Andreas Thuresson beat ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena in the penalty shootout session that Brynas claimed a 2-1 win over Vaxjo Lakers. Brynas faces HV 71 on Saturday.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 1 vs. CSKA 2 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, OT Loss, 37/39, 1.86 GAA, .949 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-3-0, 0 SO, 2.43 GAA, .928 sv%

Nikita Gusev, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Igor Radulov scored a power play goal off a feed from brother Alexander Radulov 4:40 into overtime to lift CSKA to a 2-1 win over Cherepovets. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev did not play in the match. Cherepovets gets Praha on Saturday while CSKA gets Dynamo Minsk.

Dynamo Minsk 4 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 26/30, 4.01 GAA, .867 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-1, 0 SO, 2.21 GAA, .917 sv%

Ex-Devils draft pick Teemu Laine had 2 goals and 1 assist to lead Minsk to a 4-3 win over Slovan Bratislava. Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus was handed his first regulation defeat of the season. Bratislava faces Chekhov on Saturday.

KHL Game Day: 9-10-12

KHL
Nizhnekamsk 2 vs. Cherepovets 1 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, OT Loss, 40/42, 1.92 GAA, .952 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 2.64 GAA, .920 sv%

Maxim Sokolov, who made 43 saves, was 1 save better than Vasily Koshechkin today in a goaltending duel. Ex-Lightning forward Martin Cibak had a minor penalty in the match for Nizhnekamsk while former Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov also had a minor penalty in the match for Cherepovets. Cherepovets gets CSKA next on Thursday.

CSKA 2 vs. Dynamo Riga 1
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 4:36 in CSKA's 2-1 win over Dynamo Riga. The forward had just 5 shifts in the match. Ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums had a goal for Riga. CSKA gets Cherepovets next on Thursday.

Bratislava 2 vs. Spartak Moscow 1 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 23/24, 0.92 GAA, .958 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 1.38 GAA, .944 sv%

Jaroslav Janus (pictured) turned away 23 shots and 2 of 3 shooters in the penalty shot session to lead Slovan to a 2-1 win over Spartak Moscow. Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan had the winner in the shootout for Bratislava. Slovan also features former Lightning defensemen Vladimir Mihalik and Josef Boumedienne. Slovan plays Dynamo Minsk next on Thursday.

KHL Game Day: 9-8-12

KHL
Ufa 1 vs. Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 22/23, 1.01 GAA, .957 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 3.02 GAA, .897 sv%

Ex-NHLer Nicklas Bergfors had a power play goal in Cherepovets' 3-1 win over Ufa. Ex-Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov assisted on Ufa's lone goal. Cherepovets faces Nizhnekamsk next on Monday.

CSKA 5 vs. Donetsk 3
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev (pictured) assisted on a Second Period goal and had 6:43 of ice time in CSKA's 5-3 win over Donetsk. Ex-NHLer Alexander Radulov had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for CSKA. They face Dynamo Riga next on Monday.

Bratislava 2 vs. Dynamo Riga 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Loss, 28/30, 1.85 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA, .933 sv%

Jaroslav Janus made 28 saves in his KHL debut, but allowed both shooters to convert in Bratislava's 3-2 shootout loss to Dynamo Riga. Ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory for Riga. Slovan Bratislava moves on to face Spartak Moscow on Monday.

MHL
Chelyabinsk Jr. 9 vs. Berdsk 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was out of the lineup for the second straight game, and missed out on Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 9-1 pasting of Berdsk. The two teams face off again Sunday.

KHL Game Day: 9-5-12

KHL
CSKA 0 vs. Spartak Moscow 1
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev only played 3:15 today, but that was enough to get caught on the ice for the lone goal in CSKA's 1-0 loss to Spartak Moscow. CSKA is off until Saturday when they'll face KHL newcomer Donetsk.

MHL
Orenburg 3 vs. Ufa Jr. 6
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 31/34, 3.00 GAA, .912 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%

Alexei Vasilevski turned away 31 shots to post back-to-back wins for Ufa Jr. against Orenburg to open the season. Ufa Jr. is off until next Tuesday when they face Magnitogorsk Jr.

Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 vs. Novokuznetsk Jr. 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Defenseman Artem Chistyakov scored with 42 seconds left in the Third Period to life Chelyabinsk Jr. to a 3-2 opening night win over Novokuznetsk Jr. The two teams square off again tomorrow.

MHL Game Day: 9-1-12

Omsk Jr. 2 vs. CSKA Jr. 1
Nikita Gusev, CSKA Jr., DNP
Season totals (MHL), 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev (pictured) did not appear for CSKA Jr. in their 2-1 opening night defeat against the defending champions, Omsk Jr. CSKA's KHL side has their opening match on Wednesday against Spartak Moscow.

Russian Regular Season Games Start Tomorrow

The European regular season will begin tomorrow, 9/1 with matches from the Russian junior league, the MHL, before the big boys start on Tuesday when Dynamo Moscow and Avangard Omsk square off in the KHL. For the Lightning's Russian prospects, their clubs' schedules for the next week are as follows:

MHL
9-1-12, Omsk Jr. vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

9-4-12, Orenburg vs. Ufa Jr. (Vasilevski)

9-5-12, Orenburg vs. Ufa Jr. (Vasilevski)
9-5-12, Chelyabinsk Jr. (Nesterov) vs. Novokuznetsk Jr.
9-5-12, Stupino vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

9-6-12, Chelyabinsk Jr. (Nesterov) vs. Novokuznetsk Jr.
9-6-12, Stupino vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

KHL
9-6-12, Novosibirsk vs. Yaroslavl (Janus?)
9-6-12, Kazan vs. Cherepovets (Koshechkin)

Note that, as of right now, Nikita Gusev (pictured), Andrei Vasilevski, and Nikita Nesterov are currently listed on their respective clubs' MHL rosters, but are subject to potential call-up to the KHL throughout the year. Vasilevski looks to be locked into the MHL though, with Ufa's top club currently boasting veteran goaltender and former Canadiens draft pick Vadim Tarasov and ex-Syracuse Crunch netminder Iiro Tarkki.

Meanwhile, Yaroslavl may be the landing spot for goaltender Jaroslav Janus, according to reports out of Slovakia. Janus has been playing for KHL newcomer Bratislava during the preseason, but it appears he has been compelled to leave the Slovakian club by Yaroslavl, which holds his KHL draft rights, because the team is thin in net between inexperienced Nikita Lozkhin and their struggles to get Curtis Sanford in their lineup. So, Janus may even find himself playing on an emotional opening night for a Yaroslavl club he hasn't even played a preseason game behind. Recall a year ago that Yaroslavl's team perished in a tragic plane crash that led to the team pulling out of participating in the KHL last year.

Nikita Gusev

Basics

Position: 
Left Wing
Height: 
5.09
Weight: 
173
Age: 
23
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay in Round 7 (#202) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Khanty-Mansiysk (KHL)
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