Kucherov, Nikita

European Game Day: 3-1-12

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia):
(5)Cherepovets 1 @ (4) Mytischi 3
Mytischi Leads the Series 2-0

Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 32/34, 2.01 GAA, .941 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 1.51 GAA, .951 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 16-11-1, 6 SO, 2.37 GAA, .925 sv%

You have to feel for Vasily Koshechkin. The big netminder has a beautiful .951 save percentage, but Cherepovets has mustered just 1 goal in 2 games against former Blues draft pick Konstantin Barulin, putting Cherepovets in a 3-1 series hole to Mytischi. Game Three is Saturday.

Elsewhere, ex-Lightning pick Fedor Fedorov had a pair of goals in St. Petersburg's 7-1 dismantling of 8 seed CSKA to take a 2-0 opening round series lead. Nikita Kucherov did not appear for CSKA in the match.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ AIK 0 (OT)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 14-9-23, +9, 16 PIM

Elias Falth scored a power play goal 26 seconds into overtime to lead Lulea to a 1-0 win over AIK. With 2 games left in the regular season, the win puts Lulea 7 points up on second place Skelleftea and clinches the top spot for Lulea in the postseason. The two teams square off on Saturday.

Color me very impressed by Elitserien rookie goalie Johan Gustafsson of Lulea. He's currently forth in the league with a .930 save percentage and second in the league with a 1.77 GAA. He's also second in shutouts with 6, to boot, despite only having played 28 games. He was a 6th round pick of the Wild in 2010 and won Gold earlier this year at the U20 World Junior Championships.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-29-12

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia):
(4)Mytischi 1 @ (5)Cherepovets 0
Mytischi Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 26/27, 1.10 GAA, .963 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 1.10 GAA, .963 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 16-11-1, 6 SO, 2.37 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev scored with just 38 seconds left in regulation to help Mytischi defeat Cherepovets 1-0 in Game One of their opening round series. Ex-Lightning prospect Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in 17:36 in the match for Mytischi. Game Two is scheduled for Tuesday.

Elsewhere, the East's top seed, St. Petersburg, clubbed CSKA in Game One of their opening round series. Nikita Kucherov did not play for CSKA. Kucherov also did not appear in CSKA Jr.'s 3-0 win over Novgorod Jr.

European Game Day: 2-26-12

KHL (Russia):
Chelyabinsk 5 @ Cherepovets 4
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-0-0, +8, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 39 GP, 10-20-30, +13, 64 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, ND, 18/21, 5.62 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 33 GP, 16-11-1, 6 SO, 2.37 GAA, .925 sv%

Nikita Nesterov got the call, but played just 1:31 in Chelyabinsk's 5-4 win over Cherepovets.

Yesterday's matches were the final contests of the KHL regular season. Out West, 8th seeded CSKA will face top seed St. Petersburg starting Wednesday and 5th seeded Cherepovets will draw 4th seed Mytischi on the same day. In the East, top seed Chelyabinsk draws 8th seed Khanty-Mansiysk in the first round.

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov remained out of the lineup for CSKA's MHL team today in their 3-1 win over Yaroslavl Jr. His long time teammate Nikita Gusev was up yesterday for CSKA's last match of the regular season. CSKA Jr. plays Novgorod Jr. next on Wednesday. The MHL regular season will end on 3-12-12.

KHL Game Day: 2-20-12

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 8 @ Chekhov 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 31 GP, 15-10-1, 6 SO, 2.35 GAA, .926 sv%

Ex-Devils first rounder Nicklas Bergfors had 1 goal and 1 assist for Cherepovets in their 8-2 rout of Chekhov. Cherepovets play Ekaterinburg on Wednesday.

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

Nikita Kucherov missed his second straight game in CSKA Jr.'s 3-2 loss to Novokuznetsk Jr. The club is off until next Monday when they'll face Yaroslavl Jr.

European Game Day: 2-18-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
HIFK 3 @ JYP 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 29/32, 3.06 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 18-7-0, 6 SO, 1.55 GAA, .937 sv%

Ex-Lightning prospect Eero Somervuori had 1 goal and 1 assist in a first star effort to lead HIFK to a 3-2 win over JYP. The game marked a rare loss for goaltender Riku Helenius. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin also had a goal in the game for JYP. They face HPK on Tuesday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Chelyabinsk Jr. 1 @ Stupino 5
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 38 GP, 10-20-30, +13, 64 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was -1 with a minor penalty as Chelyabinsk Jr. took a humiliating 5-1 loss at the hands of Stupino. The defenseman has been stuck at 30 points for a few games now. He'll have to wait until Tuesday against Khabarovsk Jr. to see if he can snap out of his slump.

Novosibirsk Jr. 1 @ CSKA Jr. 10
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., DNP
Season totals (KHL): 21 GP, 21-18-39, +11, 40 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

It hardly seems possible, but Nikita Kucherov was out of the lineup for CSKA Jr.'s punishing 10-1 win over Novosibirsk Jr. I know some young men from Siberia who regret getting off the team bus today. CSKA Jr. gets Novokuznetsk Jr. on Monday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Djurgardens 1 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 13-7-20, +4, 16 PIM

Johan Harju assisted on Elias Falth's game winning goal in Lulea's 2-1 win over Djurgardens. Falth, a defenseman, had both of Lulea's goals in the contest. Ex-Lightning prospect Andreas Holmqvist assisted on Djurgardens' lone goal. Lulea plays HV 71 on Tuesday.

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