Kucherov, Nikita

European Game Day: 3-31-12

KHL Eastern Conference Finals (Russia):
Nikita Pivtsakin's goal at 6:01 of the second overtime lifted Omsk to a 3-2 Game Two victory over Chelyabinsk. The series is tied at 1-1. Game Three is scheduled for Monday. Nikita Nesterov did not suit up for Traktor.

MHL Western Conference Semifinals (Russia Jr.)
CSKA Jr. 2 @ Cherepovets Jr. 4
Series Tied 2-2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Playoff totals (MHL): 7 GP, 3-1-4, -3, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Cherepovets Jr. scored 2 unanswered goals to pull away from CSKA Jr and even their Western Conference Semifinal series at 2-2. That means the deciding Game Five is the series will occur on Tuesday. Mytischi Jr. awaits the victor.

MHL Game Day: 3-30-12

MHL Western Conference Semifinals (Russia Jr.)
CSKA Jr. 6 @ Cherepovets Jr. 4
CSKA Jr. Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff totals (MHL): 6 GP, 3-1-4, -2, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

After a rather quiet first 5 games of the MHL playoffs, Nikita Kucherov broke out today with a power play goal and an even strength goal in CSKA Jr.'s Game Three win over Cherepovets Jr. Game Four is scheduled for Saturday.

MHL Game Day: 3-27-12

MHL Western Conference Semifinals (Russia Jr.):
Cherepovets Jr. 3 @ CSKA Jr. 5
Series Tied at 1-1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals (MHL): 5 GP, 1-1-2, -3, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Ex-Caps draft pick Dimitry Kugryshev had a pair of goals in CSKA Jr.'s 5-3 Game Two win over Cherepovets Jr. Game Three is Friday.

European Game Day: 3-26-12

SM-liiga Quarterfinals (Finland):
(4)JYP 4 @ (5)Assat 3
JYP Leads the Series 3-0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 31/34, 3.00 GAA, .912 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 0 SO, 1.67 GAA, .951 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin scored the eventual game winning goal on the power play in JYP's 4-3 Game Three victory over Assat. JYP goes for the sweep Wednesday.

MHL Western Conference Semifinals (Russia Jr.):
Cherepovets Jr. 4 @ CSKA Jr. 3
Cherepovets Jr. Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Playoff totals (MHL): 4 GP, 1-1-2, -3, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Tough night for Nikita Kucherov, who was -2 in CSKA Jr.'s Game One loss to Cherepovets Jr. Game Two is Tuesday.

MHL Game Day: 3-23-12

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. 2 @ St. Petersburg Jr. 1 (OT)
CSKA Jr. Wins the Series 3-2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff totals (MHL): 3 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Nikita Kucherov scored 7:42 into the third period to send CSKA Jr. and St. Petersburg Jr. to overtime, where the Baby Red Army triumphed 2-1. The Game Five victory means CSKA Jr. is moving on to the Semifinal round, where they will face Cherepovets Jr. Game One is set for Monday.

European Game Day: 3-20-12

SM-liiga Playoffs (Finland):
The field of 8 is complete. Blues Espoo crushed Lukko 6-3 in Game Three of their mini play-in series, joining Karpat as the other recipient of a play-in spot. Riku Helenius and JYP will play Assat in the Quarterfinals beginning on Thursday.

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals (Russia):
Former Blackhawks draft pick Petri Kontiola's goal late in the third period lifted Chelyabinsk to a 3-2 Game Four victory over Ak Bars Kazan. Nikita Nesterov did not play in the match. Chelyabinsk leads the series 3-1 and will go in for the kill on Thursday.

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. rolled to a 7-2 Game Four victory to knot their series at 2-2. Nikita Kucherov did not play in the match. The decisive Game Five will be on Friday.

European Game Day: 3-18-12 and 3-19-12

3-18-12
KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
Ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen scored 1:55 into overtime to lift Kazan to a critical 2-1 Game Three win over top seed Chelyabinsk. Nikita Nesterov did not dress for the match. Chelyabinsk still holds a 2-1 series lead with Game Four set for Tuesday.

SM-slutspel (Sweden):
(7)AIK 3 @ (1)Lulea 0
AIK Wins the Series 4-1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM
Regular eason totals: 53 GP, 15-10-25, +12, 16 PIM

Goaltender Viktor Fasth, who was rumored to be a Lightning free agent target, stopped all 31 shots he faced for AIK in their clinching 3-0 win over Lulea. The series loss is a crushing upset for the league's top seed.

3-19-12
MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals(Russia Jr.):
St. Petersburg Jr. 3 @ CSKA Jr. 2
St. Petersburg Jr. Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., DNP
Playoff totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Nikita Kucherov did not dress for CSKA Jr.'s critical Game Three loss to St. Petersburg Jr. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov has also not appeared for CSKA Jr. in the last couple of matches. Game Four is Tuesday.

European Game Day: 3-16-12

KHL Eastern Conference Seminfinals (Russia):
Evgeny Kuznetsov's third period goal lifted Chelyabinsk to a 2-1 Game Two win over Ak Bars Kazan. Traktor now holds a 2-0 series lead. Kuznetsov, a first round pick of the Capitals, starred on Russia's Silver Medal winning U20 World Junior Championship team earlier this season. Nikita Nesterov did not appear in the match. Game Three is Sunday.

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. 3 @ St. Petersburg Jr. 2 (OT)
Series Tied at 1-1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Sergey Barbashev scored 9:46 into overtime to lift CSKA Jr. to a critical 3-2 Game Two win over St. Petersburg Jr. The season is now knotted at 1-1. Game Three is Monday.

SM-slutspel (Sweden)
(1)Lulea 1 @ (7)AIK 4
AIK Leads the Series 3-1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM
Regular eason totals: 53 GP, 15-10-25, +12, 16 PIM

The upset alert is now blaring. Ex-NHLer Dick Tarnstrom assisted on AIK's game opening goal and they did not look back, posting a 4-1 Game Four victory over top seed Lulea. Lulea now faces elimination in Game Five on Sunday.

European Game Day: 3-15-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Karpat 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

With nothing on the line, JYP started backup Joni Myllykoski in their regular season ending 4-1 win over Karpat. JYP finishes the regular season 4th on the SM-liiga table. Karpat, which would've finished in the top-6 of the league with a win, instead finishes 7th and will now have to play in the opening play-in round. JYP already knows who their Semifinal Round opponent will be: 5th seed Assat. The Semifinals will begin next Thursday, the 22nd.

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia Jr.)
CSKA Jr. 2 @ St. Petersburg Jr. 5
St. Petersburg Jr. Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Nikita Kucherov assisted on Nikita Gusev's game opening power play goal, but it was all downhill from there for CSKA Jr. in their Game One loss to St. Petersburg Jr. Ex-Blue Jackets first rounder Nikita Filatov scored CSKA Jr.'s other goal. Game Two is Friday.

European Game Day: 3-12-12

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals (Russia):
The field is now set in the Eastern Conference of the KHL. Top seed Chelyabinsk will face Ak Bars Kazan beginning on Wednesday with Game One of the series. With his MHL club finished for the season, expect Chelyabinsk's Nikita Nesterov to be a spot player for the KHL side the rest of the postseason.

MHL Playoffs (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. will start their MHL title defense on Thursday against St. Petersburg Jr. CSKA Jr. finished 2nd in the MHL Central Division while Sr. Petersburg Jr. finished 3rd in the MHL Northwest Division. We'll see if sniper Nikita Kucherov appears after missing much of the last month of hockey.

SM-slutspel (Sweden):
(1)Lulea 2 @ (7) AIK 4
Series Tied at 1-1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM
Regular eason totals: 53 GP, 15-10-25, +12, 16 PIM

AIK rode 3 second period goals to a 4-2 Game Two victory over top seed Lulea. Game Three is set for Wednesday.

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