Kucherov, Nikita

European Game Day: 4-23-12

SM-liiga Finals (Finland):
(2)Pelicans Lahti 1 @ (4)JYP 2 (OT)
JYP Wins the Series 4-1
JYP Wins the SM-liiga Championship
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 45/46, 0.90 GAA, .978 sv%
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 11-2-0, 0 SO, 1.73 GAA, .947 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

Completing arguably the greatest season of redemption in Bolt Prospects history, Lightning prospect Riku Helenius turned away 45 shots to help lead JYP to a 2-1 overtime Game Five win. The victory clinched the series and the SM-liiga championship for JYP. Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin (shown celebrating like a wild man) scored the overtime winner at 6:58 of overtime and assisted on JYP's other goal in the victory.

Helenius, the former Lightning first rounder, goes from being a tandem starter on a Sodertalje club in the Swedish Elitserien that had to fight off relegation last year to backstopping the best club in the Finnish Elitserien.

MHL Championship (Russia Jr.):
Nikita Gusev had 1 goal and 1 assist as CSKA Jr. cut Omsk Jr.'s series lead in half in their 3-1 Game Three win over Omsk Jr. Nikita Kucherov did not appear in the match. Game Four is Tuesday.

MHL Game Day: 4-20-12

MHL Finals (Russia Jr.):
Omsk Jr. raced out to an early 2-0 lead and never looked back in their 5-3 Game Two win over CSKA Jr. CSKA Jr. now finds their backs against the wall down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. Nikita Kucherov did not appear in the match for CSKA Jr. Game Three is Monday.

European Game Day: 4-19-12

SM-liiga Finals (Finland):
(2)Pelicans Lahti 1 @ (4)JYP 4
JYP Leads the Series 2-1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 33/34, 1.00 GAA, .971 sv%
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 9-2-0, 0 SO, 1.65 GAA, .946 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

Big game Riku! Riku Helenius stopped 33 shots and was named first star for JYP's 4-1 Game Three win over Lahti. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a pair of helpers in support of Helenius for JYP. Another former Lightning forward, Radek Smolenak, has yet to hit the scoresheet in the series for Pelicans. Game Four is Saturday.

MHL Finals (Russia Jr.):
Omsk Jr. whipped CSKA Jr. 5-2 in Game One of their Finals series. Nikita Kucherov did not appear for CSKA Jr.

MHL Finals Schedule Set

MHL Finals (Russia Jr.):
With Omsk Jr. disposing of Magnitogorsk Jr. on Thursday in their Western Conference Final series, the schedule has been set for the MHL Finals. CSKA Jr. will begin the defense of its title next Thursday. The big question for Lightning prospect followers is whether Nikita Kucherov will be in the lineup for CSKA Jr. after missing the majority of his club's playoff games thus far.

European Game Day: 4-11-12

SM-liiga Semifinals (Finland):
(4)JYP 3 @ (6)Jokerit 2 (OT)
JYP Wins the Series 4-1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 28/30, 1.90 GAA, .933 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 0 SO, 1.64 GAA, .948 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

Ex-Avalanche draft pick Mikko Viitanen scored 3:17 into overtime to lift JYP to a 3-2 series clinching Game Five victory. 17-year old potential first rounder Tuevo Teravainen had an assist in the loss for Jokerit, giving him 1 goal and 3 points in the series. He finished the playoffs with 2 goals and 6 points in 9 games. Riku Helenius and JYP will face Pelicans Lahti in the finals starting next Monday.

MHL Western Conference Finals (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. won Game Five 5-3 on the strength of a 4 goal, 1 assist performance by Nikita Gusev to advance to the MHL finals. CSKA Jr. was again without the services of Nikita Kucherov, but they did get ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov back for the match. CSKA Jr. will defend their MHL title against the eventual winner of the Eastern Conference title. Right now, Omsk Jr. holds a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five series over Magnitogorsk Jr.

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