Kucherov, Nikita

European Game Day: 2-16-12

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Omsk Jr. 5 @ CSKA Jr. 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 21 GP, 21-18-39, +11, 40 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had a power play goal and an even strength helper in CSKA Jr.'s 5-2 loss to Omsk Jr. They'll play Novosibirsk Jr. on Saturday.

Chelyabinsk Jr. 2 @ KHK MVD Jr. 3 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 37 GP, 10-20-30, +14, 62 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was not suspended after being thrown out late in his last game, and was +2 in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 3-2 shootout loss to KHK MVD Jr. They will square off with Stupino next on Saturday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
MODO 4 @ Lulea 1
Johan Harju, Lulea, DNP
Season totals: 46 GP, 13-6-19, +3, 16 PIM

Ex-Lightning forward Mattias Ritola had a pair of assists as MODO smacked Lulea 4-1. Ex-NHLer Niklas Sundstrom also had a goal in the match for MODO. Lulea faces Djurgardens on Saturday.

KHL Game Day: 2-15-12

KHL (Russia):
Mytischi 1 @ Cherepovets 0 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, SOL, 29/29, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 15-9-1, 6 SO, 2.32 GAA, .926 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin suffered the rare case of losing a game despite posting a shutout in Cherepovets' 1-0 shootout loss to Mytischi. The netminder stopped 4 of 6 chances in the shootout, but could not hold Alexei Kovalev and Dmitri Upper out in the defeat. Koshechkin did finally manage to catch fellow Lightning prospect Riku Helenius in shootouts, posting his 6th of the season, but he's still 13 points behind Helenius in save percentage despite a more than respectable .926 save percentage for the season. Cherepovets faces St. Petersburg on Friday.

In Chelyabinsk, neither Nikita Kucherov nor Nikita Nesterov got the call for the matchup between their KHL sides where the polar bears thumped CSKA 5-3.

European Game Day: 2-14-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
TPS 1 @ JYP 4
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 16/17, 1.00 GAA, .941 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 18-6-0, 6 SO, 1.49 GAA, .939 sv%

On this Valentine's Day, I think we all can find something to love in the continued resurgence of goaltender Riku Helenius, who posted 16 saves en route to JYP's 4-1 win over TPS. Ducks draft pick Sami Vatanen scored 2 goals in the match for JYP. They face Ilves next on Friday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 2 @ CSKA Jr. 4
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr. 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 20 GP, 20-17-37, +12, 40 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 20 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 36 GP, 10-20-30, +12, 52 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had a power play goal and a minor penalty in CSKA Jr.'s 4-2 win over Chelyabinsk Jr. Fellow Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov was -1 and took an unspecified game misconduct at 16:35 of the match. We'll see now if Kucherov returns to CSKA's KHL team and whether Nesterov faces disciplinary action after today's result. CSKA Jr. faces Omsk Jr. next on Thursday while Chelyabinsk Jr. draws KHK MVD Jr. on Thursday, as well.

Today's head-to-head matchup of Lightning prospects comes on the heels of Saturday's MHL All-Star Game where the West defeated the East 4-2. Nikita Nesterov was -2 with a minor for interference for the losing East side. Nikita Kucherov did not suit up for the match, but his teammate Nikita Gusev had a pair of helpers for the victorious Team West.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 2 @ Brynas 3 (OT)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 13-6-19, +3, 16 PIM

Ex-Predators draft pick Daniel Widing scored 1:37 into overtime to lift Brynas to a 3-2 win over Lulea. Lulea draws MODO on Thursday.

European Game Day: 2-4-12

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 2 @ CSKA 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 29 GP, 15-9-0, 5 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%

What we thought was going to be a Bolt Prospect vs. Bolt Prospect throwdown turned into Nikita Kucherov being -1 with a minor penalty in a paltry 1:56 of ice time in Cherepovets' 2-1 win over CSKA. Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a helper on Igor Ozhiganov's power play goal with 3 seconds remaining in the game to break up Vadim Tarasov's shutout bid. Cherepovets and CSKA are now off until 2-15 for the Euro Hockey Tour break. When they return, Severstal gets Mytischi and CSKA gets Chelyabinsk.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Linkopings 3 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 13-6-19, +3, 16 PIM

Simon Hjalmarsson scored a power play goal with 8:28 left in the third period to lift Linkopings to a 3-2 win over Lulea. The wingers was a 2nd round pick of the Blues in 2007. Lulea is now off until 2-14 when they'll play Brynas.

European Game Day: 2-2-12

Russia (KHL):
Chekhov 2 @ CSKA 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 17 GP, 1-3-4, E, 2 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM

Nikita Kucherov was scoreless in 12:42 of ice time in CSKA's 2-1 loss to Chekhov. Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a helper in defeat for CSKA. CSKA faces Cherepovets on Saturday.

Cherepovets 3 @ Poprad 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 29 GP, 15-9-0, 5 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%

Ex-Lightning first rounder Nikita Alexeev had a helper in Cherepovets' 3-0 blanking of Poprad. Cherepovets faces CSKA on Saturday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Vaxjo 0 @ Lulea 1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 13-6-19, +4, 16 PIM

Goaltender David Rautio posted his second straight 1-0 shutout win to lead Lulea to victory over Vaxjo Lakers. The netminder only had to turn away 12 shots to complete the feat. Lulea gets Linkopings on Saturday.

European Game Day: 1-31-12

Full slate today:

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 2 @ SaiPa 1 SO
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 34/35, 0.92 GAA, .971 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 17-6-0, 6 SO, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Riku Helenius made 34 saves and was named the game's first star in JYP's 2-1 win over SaiPa. Helenius' rise has gradually gone, over the course of the season, from a cute story, to a bit of a phenomenon, to now something that bears serious consideration. No one expected him to keep posting shutouts in 40% of his starts, but he's now consistently winning games and only allowing 1-2 goals in the process. He leads the SM-liiga now in GAA and save percentage and he's still tied for the lead in shutouts. For an organization so starved for goaltending as the Lightning's, they can't afford to ignore #31 for JYP. JYP is now off until Tuesday, February 14, when they'll play TPS. They've now climbed into 4th on the SM-liiga table. The Sweden Hockey Games leg of the Euro Hockey Tour will be played February 9-12.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 2 @ Dynamo Minsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, ND, 14/15, 1.92 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 29 GP, 15-9-0, 5 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin spelled starter Vadim Tarasov 8:42 into the second period and allowed 1 goal on 15 shots in Cherepovets' 4-2 loss to Minsk. Ex-Devils first rounder Nicklas Bergfors had a helper in the match for Cherepovets. Cherepovets faces Poprad on Thursday.

CSKA 4 @ Spartak Moscow 1
Nikita Kucherov, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 16 GP, 1-3-4, E, 2 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM

Nikita Kucherov assisted on Nikita Gusev's game opening goal in CSKA's 4-1 rout of Spartak. Kucherov played 11:39 in the match. CSKA draws Chekhov on Thursday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 7 @ Kirov-Chepetsk 4
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 34 GP, 10-19-29, +15, 30 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov assisted on an Anton Burdasov goal in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 3 goal win over Kirov-Chepetsk. Chelyabinsk Jr. is off until Friday when they play Kazan Jr.

Elitserien (Sweden):
From 1-23
Frolunda 1 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 12-6-18, +4, 16 PIM

In a game that slipped through the cracks from last Monday, Toni Koivisto's third period goal lifted Lulea to a 2-1 win over Frolunda.

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HV 71 0 @ Lulea 1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 13-6-19, +4, 16 PIM

Johan Harju scored the shootout winner to lift Lulea to a 1-0 win over HV 71. Remember, shootout winners count as goals in the stat column in Sweden. Lulea draws Vaxjo on Thursday. Lulea has climbed to 2nd place in the Elitserien, just 1 point back of Skelleftea.

European Game Day: 1-28-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Blues 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 17-6-0, 6 SO, 1.54 GAA, .937 sv%

Joni Myllkoski got the start today for JYP in their 4-2 win over Espoo. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a pair of assists in the victory. JYP now sits at 5th on the league table and faces SaiPa on Tuesday. The top 6 spots in the SM-liiga standings earn a first round bye in the playoffs.

KHL (Russia):

First, to clean up a couple of games we missed by Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets:

From 1-24
Nizhnekamsk 4 @ Cherepovets 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 24/28, 4.00 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 14-9-0, 4 SO, 2.53 GAA, .920 sv%

Ex-NHLer Denis Arkhipov had a goal in Nizhnekamsk's 4-2 win over Cherepovets.

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Yulaev 2 @ Cherepovets 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 27 GP, 14-9-0, 4 SO, 2.53 GAA, .920 sv%

Ex-Kings goaltender Erik Ersberg turned aside 40 shots and 3 of 4 in the shootout in Ufa's 2-1 win over Cherepovets.

And now for today's action:

Kazan 0 @ Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, SO, 28/28, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 15-9-0, 5 SO, 2.43 GAA, .923 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin is sneaking up on Riku Helenius' prospect leading shutouts total of 6. He got his 5th today in a 1-0 win over Kazan. Cherepovets faces Dynamo Minsk on Tuesday.

Dynamo Riga 1 @ CSKA 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 15 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM

Nikita Kucherov assisted on Igor Ozhiganov's third period, game winning goal in CSKA's 2-1 win over Riga. Ex-Lightning prospect Martins Karsums had a helper in the loss for Dynamo. CSKA plays Spartak Moscow on Tuesday.

KHL Game Day: 1-26-12

KHL (Russia):
Poprad 3 @ CSKA 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 12 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM

Undrafted veteran Tomas Netik had a pair of goals to lead Slovakia's KHL team, Poprad, to a 3-2 win over CSKA. Ex-Lightning draft pick Vladimir Mihalik was +1 in 18:51 for Poprad. Current Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov was -1 in 10:44. CSKA draws Riga on Saturday.

KHL Game Day: 1-24-12

KHL (Russia):
Dynamo Minsk 6 @ CSKA 5
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 11 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM

Fresh off an MHL hat trick, Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov was called up to CSKA's big team where he scored his first career KHL goal in CSKA's 6-5 loss to Minsk. Kucherov played 6:00 even in the match. CSKA plays Poprad on Thursday.

Prospect of the Week (1.24.12)

This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions. There are no trophies or plaques, but we’re considering a WWF/WWE-type belt they can wear during games. At the least, maybe a really big belt buckle with the BP logo on it.

Quite simply, we wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospect’s achievement on the ice.

This week’s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to … Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr. (Russia).

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