St. Petersburg 4 vs. Khabarovsk 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 7-9-16, +11, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev scored SKA's third goal and assisted on their capping goal of a 4-1 victory over one of his former clubs, Amur Khabarovsk. Gusev played 15:46 in the match and is now 3rd in the KHL in scoring, 1 point behind teammate Ilya Kovalchuk and longtime Magnitogorsk star Sergei Mozyakin. Interesting to note, Part One: SKA has played the past couple of weeks without several top forwards who were called to the World Cup of Hockey including Evgeny Dadonov and living legend Pavel Datsyuk. Interesting to note, Part Two: at 14:49 of ice time per game, Gusev has received by far the lowest average TOI/game of the league's top five scorers, with the next closest being Kovalchuk at 18:44 a contest.
St. Petersburg 9 vs. Khanty-Mansisyk 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 6-8-14, +9, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev had the capping goal of SKA's 9-4 blowout win over Yugra. The young forward also had a pair of First Period helpers, including one on the power play, in his 15:01 of ice time. Gusev's 14 points on the season puts him in a tie for 6th in the league in scoring, which is made more remarkable by the fact he averages just 14:44 of ice time per contest. His 3 points were matched by 4 other St. Petersburg skaters, including former NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk, who had 2 goals and 1 assist.
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, DNP
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-6-11, +8, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev was out of the lineup for SKA's 4-2 victory over his ex-club Yugra. SKA was paced by a pair of goals by former Bruins second rounder Alexander Khokhlachev.
Ekaterinburg 3 vs. St. Petersburg 2 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-6-11, +8, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:58 and failed on his only attempt of the penalty shot session in SKA's 3-2 SO loss to Ekaterinburg. Czech forward Petr Koukal had a regulation goal for Ekaterinburg and potted the SO winner in the match.
Astana 3 vs. St. Petersburg 5
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 5-6-11, +8, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev potted a late Third Period insurance goal and had a power play helper as SKA, still depleted by the World Cup of Hockey, edged Barys Astana 5-3. Gusev played 17:36 in the victory. Astana got a pair of helpers from ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski in defeat.
St. Petersburg 4 vs. Cherepovets 0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-5-9, +8, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev had even strength and power play helpers for SKA in their 4-0 blanking of Severstal Cherepovets. The forward played 14:37 as St. Petersburg continues to play with a depleted lineup due to the World Cup of Hockey. 2014 Rangers 4th rounder Igor Shestyorkin turned aside all 26 shots he faced for the shutout win.
CSKA 2 vs. St. Petersburg 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 2 PIM
Depleted by the World Cup of Hockey, SKA's offensive juggernaut ground to a near halt in their 2-1 loss to CSKA. The team was without key players like Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeny Dadonov for the match. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:35 in the match. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk had a helper in defeat.
St. Petersburg 5 vs. Nizhnekamsk 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev had the game's opening goal and a minor for slashing in 16:17 of ice time as SKA clobbered Nizhnekamsk 5-1. Captain Pavel Datsyuk had a goal in the victory for SKA, and his 4-3-7 thus far this season matches Gusev's production. Through 6 games, the club is averaging a gaudy 4.5 goals per game.
St. Petersburg 5 vs. Togliatti 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev had an even strength goal and assist in 13:36 of ice time as SKA rolled over Lada Togliatti 5-1. Gusev is now over a point a game through five games, playing primarily on SKA's second scoring line alongside ex-NHLer Evgeny Dadonov and three time KHL All Star Vadim Shipachyov.
St. Petersburg 5 vs. Kazan 6 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and an even strength assist in SKA's 6-5 SO loss to Kazan. The forward played 16:15 in the match and also converted on his lone attempt in the penalty shot session. Pavel Datsyuk had 2 goals and 3 points in the loss for SKA. Kazan got a helper from captain and former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov in their win.