Nesterov, Nikita

KHL Game Day: 12-28-12

KHL (Russia)
Astana 2 vs. Yaroslavl 0
Victor Hedman, Astana, DNP
Season totals: 26 GP, 1-19-20, +18, 70 PIM

Victor Hedman missed his second straight match as Astana shut out Yaroslavl 2-0. Astana plays Novgorod on Sunday.

Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Khabarovsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 11 GP, 2-4-6, +4, 2 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 17 GP, 2-5-7, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on the game opening goal and took a minor for slashing in Khabarovsk's 3-1 loss to Chelyabinsk. The forward played 17:32 in the match. He has hovered around half a point a game and is averaging 13:23 of ice time a game since his trade to Khabarovsk, which is pretty good for a young player in the KHL during an NHL lockout that has seen an influx of NHLers playing in the league. Chelyabinsk defenseman Nikita Nesterov remains away from the team while playing for Russia at the U20 World Junior Championships in Ufa. Khabarovsk plays Magnitogorsk on Sunday.

St. Petersburg 1 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 23/34, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%
Season totals: 34 GP, 18-12-4, 4 SO

Ilya Kovalchuk scored the only goal in St. Petersburg's 1-0 win over Bratislava. Sergei Boborovsky stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout for SKA.

KHL Game Day: 12-26-12

KHL (Russia)
Astana 4 vs. Mytischi 2
Victor Hedman, Astana, DNP
Season totals: 26 GP, 1-19-20, +18, 70 PIM

Victor Hedman did not play for Astana in today's match after earning a misconduct late in their last match. Ex-Lightning draft pick Ilya Solarev had a helper in the victory for Astana on a goal by former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski. Astana plays Yaroslavl next on Friday.

Ekaterinburg 3 vs. Khabarovsk 4 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 10 GP, 2-3-5, +4, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 16 GP, 2-4-6, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless and -1 in 15:07 in Khabarovsk's 4-3 shootout win over Ekaterinburg. The young forward was also stopped in the opening shootout attempt by Amur. However, another Gusev, former Lightning defenseman Sergei Gusev, had a pair of helpers in the win for Khabarovsk. They face Chelyabinsk on Friday.

Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. Bratislava 1 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Shootout Loss, 33/34, 0.92 GAA, .971 sv%
Season totals: 33 GP, 18-11-4, 4 SO, 2.14 GAA, .931 sv%

Bratislava goaltender Jaroslav Janus was strafed for 3 conversions on 4 attempts in the penalty shot session in their 2-1 shootout loss to Dynamo Moscow. NHLer Alexander Ovechkin scored the only regulation goal of the match for Dynamo. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil was also one of the successful shooters in the shootout for Dynamo. Slovan faces St. Petersburg next on Friday.

Elsewhere, Chelyabinsk defeated Novokuznetsk 3-1 with defenseman Nikita Nesterov away at the U20 World Junior Championships, which are taking place in Ufa.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day One 12-26-12

Slovakia 2 vs. Russia 3 (OT)
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Win, 32/34, 1.85 GAA, .941 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA. .941 sv%

Nikita Nesterov assisted on Albert Yarullin's game winning goal 4:50 into overtime as Russia snuck past Slovakia 3-2. Nesterov has been named an assistant captain for Russia in the tournament. Slovakia forced overtime with a dramatic power play goal with 36 seconds left in regulation by Richard Mraz, but could not finish the comeback in the overtime session. Nikita Kucherov scored the game opening goal for Russia and was second on Team Russia in shots on goal with 4. Goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy (pictured) was named Russia's player of the game after the match. Russia plays Team USA next on Friday.

Boxscore | Highlights

KHL Game Day: 12-23-12

KHL (Russia)
Khabarovsk 1 vs. Dynamo Moscow 3
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 9 GP, 2-3-5, +5, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 15 GP, 2-4-6, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev scored with 6 seconds left in regulation to break up Alexander Sharychenko's shutout bid in Khabarovsk's 3-1 loss to Dynamo Moscow. Gusev played 12:29 in the game. NHLer Alexander Ovechkin scored a goal in the match for Dynamo. Khabarovsk plays Ekaterinburg on Wednesday.

Novogorod 3 vs. Chelyabinsk 1

NHLer Alexander Semin had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Novgorod to a 3-1 win over Chelyabinsk. Chelyabinsk's Nikita Nesterov is away with Russia's U20 junior team preparing for the start of the World Junior Championships on Wednesday.

Spartak Moscow 1 vs. Astana 2 (SO)
Victor Hedman, Astana, 0-0-0, +1, 16 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 1-19-20, +18, 70 PIM

Victor Hedman had a minor for hooking, a double-minor for roughing, and a late misconduct in 16:56 of ice time in Astana's 2-1 shootout win over Spartak. Ex-AHL journeyman Nigel Dawes scored his 14th of the season and the shootout winner for Astana. Ex-Lightning draft pick Ilya Solarev also appeared in the match for Astana, playing just 5:15 and taking a minor for hooking. Astana plays Mytischi on Wednesday.

CSKA 4 vs. Ufa 1

Ex-Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov had Ufa's only goal in their 4-1 loss to CSKA. Ex-NHLer Oleg Kvasha had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory for CSKA. Ufa goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy is away with Russia's U20 junior team in preparation for the World Junior Championships tournament that starts Wednesday.

KHL Game Day: 12-21-12

KHL (Russia)
Khabarovsk 2 vs. St. Petersburg 6
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 8 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 14 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a helper in 13:15 of ice time in Khabarovsk's 6-2 loss to SKA St. Petersburg. NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk had a pair of assists in the victory for SKA. Khabarovsk will face Dynamo Moscow on Sunday.

Mytischi 3 vs. Chelyabinsk 4 (SO)

Caps first rounder Engeny Kuznetsov had a pair of goals and the shootout winner to lead Chelyabinsk to a 4-3 win over Mytischi. Chelyabinsk defenseman Nikita Nesterov remains away at Russia's U20 team camp ahead of the World Junior Championships.

Donetsk 2 vs. Astana 4
Victor Hedman, Astana, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 54 PIM

Victor Hedman had a delay of game minor in 20:36 of ice time in Astana's 4-2 win over Donetsk. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski scored his 15th goal of the season in the win for Astana. They face Mytischi on Wednesday.

Praha 6 vs. Ufa 1

NHLer Jakub Voracek had 2 goals and 3 points to lead Praha to a 6-1 win over Ufa. Andrei Vasilevskiy was again away for Ufa at Russia U20 camp. Ufa plays CSKA on Sunday.

Bratislava 1 vs. Nizhnekamsk 2 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Loss, 43/44, 0.92 GAA, .977 sv%
Season totals: 31 GP, 17-11-3, 4 SO, 2.15 GAA, .931 sv%

Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 of 3 penalty shooters to convert for the hard luck, 2-1 shootout loss to Nizhnekamsk. Bratislava faces Kazan tomorrow.

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