Nesterov, Nikita

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-4-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference Finals
(1)Kazan 1 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 2
Chelyabinsk Wins the Series 4-3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Andrei Kostitsyn's goal with just 29 seconds left in regulation advanced Chelyabinsk to the Gagarin Cup Finals by virtue of their 2-1, Game Seven win over Kazan. Kostitsyn also had a helper in the match. The club completed a comeback from a 3-1 hole in the series against the top seed in the conference. Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov played a sparing 4:08 in the match for Traktor.

Game One of the Gagarin Cup Finals is set for Sunday between Chelyabinsk and Western Conference Champions Dynamo Moscow.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-2-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference Finals
(3)Chelyabinsk 3 vs. (1)Kazan 2
Series Tied at 3-3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-NHLer Jan Bulis scored his 8th goal of the playoffs to lead Traktor Chelyabinsk to a 3-2 Game Six win over Kazan. That sets the stage for a Game Sever, winner-take-all matchup for the right to advance to the Gagarin Cup Finals. Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov played 9:20 in the match for Traktor. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov also had a helper for Traktor. Game Seven is Thursday.

The winner will face Western Conference Champion Dynamo Moscow, who advanced to the Finals by virtue of a 5-1 Game Six win over SKA St. Petersburg. In the match, former Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil recorded a hat trick for Dynamo.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-31-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference Finals
(1)Kazan 1 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 2 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 3-2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Potential top-10 pick Valery Nichushkin assisted on Petri Kontiola's goal late in Overtime to lift Chelyabinsk to a 2-1 Game Five victory over Kazan. Traktor staves off elimination for the time being. Nikita Nesterov played 14:39 in the match. Ex-NHLer Jan Bulis continued his strong series by scoring Traktor's other goal.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-28-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference Finals
(3)Chelyabinsk 5 vs. (1)Kazan 6 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 3-1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 0-3-3, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-NHLer Alexei Morozov had a pair of goals for Kazan in their Game Four overtime victory over Traktor Chelyabinsk to stake his club to a commanding 3-1 series lead. Traktor defenseman Nikita Nesterov was again pressed into duty as a forward, going 27% on 11 draws in 14:29 of ice time. He also managed a primary assist on the game opening goal by potential top-10 pick Valery Nichushkin. Ex-NHLer Jan Bulis had a valiant 2 goal effort in defeat for Traktor, as well. Game Five is Sunday.

In the West, Dynamo Moscow currently holds a 3-1 series lead over top seed SKA St. Petersburg.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-27-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference Finals
(3)Chelyabinsk 1 vs. (1)Kazan 0 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov actually got quite a bit of time as a center, going 5/15 on draws in 16:22 of ice time, in Chelyabinsk's thrilling 1-0 Double Overtime Game Three win over Kazan. Netminder Michael Garnett stopped all 39 shots he faced for the shutout. Game Four is Thursday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-24-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference Finals
(1)Kazan 3 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 1
Kazan Leads the Series 2-0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Kazan got helpers from ex-NHLers Alexei Morozov and Niko Kapanen in Kazan's 3-1 Game Two victory over Traktor Chelyabinsk. Ex-NHLer Jan Bulis had Traktor's only goal in the match. Game Three is Wednesday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-23-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference Finals
(1)Kazan 2 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 1 (OT)
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-NHLer Alexei Morozov had a pair of assists, including on the game winning goal 4:16 into Overtime as Kazan defeated Chelyabinsk 2-1 in Game One of their KHL Eastern Conference Finals series. Caps first rounder Evgeny Kuznetsov scored Traktor's lone goal. Kazan outshot Chelyabinsk 47-24 in the match. Game Two is Sunday.

Meanwhile, in the Western Conference, Dynamo Moscow has jumped out to a 2-0 lead in their series against St. Petersburg.

In the Nadezhda Cup, Khabarovsk's Nikita Gusev finished with 1 goal and 5 points in 12 games to go with a -2 rating and 6 penalty minutes. The Nadezhda Cup is played between teams that fail to make the KHL postseason.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-20-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(1)Kazan 4 vs. (5)Ufa 3
Kazan Wins the Series 4-3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev had a goal as Kazan squeaked by Ufa in a 4-3 Game Seven triumph to advance to the KHL Eastern Conference Finals. Ex-NHLer Brent Sopel had a goal in defeat for Ufa. Lightning prospect netminder Andrey Vasilevskiy did not play in the playoffs, and speculation will now turn toward his potential signing with the club. His junior club remains alive in the MHL playoffs, so it is possible he re-joins his former team.

Kazan advances to play Chelyabinsk and the last Lightning prospect survivor in the KHL playoffs, Nikita Nesterov. Game One is slated for Saturday. SKA St. Petersburg and Dynamo Moscow are facing off in the Western Finals.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-16-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(1)Kazan 4 vs. (5)Ufa 3 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 3-2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-Penguin Alexei Morozov scored 9:45 into overtime to deliver Kazan a key 4-3 Game Five win over Ufa. The Kazan captain also had a helper in the match. Ex-Thrashers pick Ilya Nikulin also had a pair of goals in the win for Ak Bars. Former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov had a goal in defeat for Ufa. Game Six is Monday.

(2)Omsk 0 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 4
Chelyabinsk Wins the Series 4-1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Thrashers pick Michael Garnett stopped all 33 shots he faced in Chelyabinsk's clinching Game Five win over Omsk. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov had 2 assists in the win and Washington first rounder Evgeni Kuznetsov added a goal. Former Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo stopped 22 for the loss for Omsk.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-13-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(5)Ufa 3 vs. (1)Kazan 5
Series Tied 2-2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen had a hat trick in Kazan's 5-3 Game Four win over Ufa to tie the series at 2-2. Ex-Penguin Alexei Morozov chipped in a pair of assists in the victory. Game Five is Saturday.

(3)Chelyabinsk 1 vs. (2)Omsk 3
Chelyabinsk Leads the Series 3-1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo stopped 14 of 15 shots against to help Omsk stave off elimination in their 3-1 Game Four win over Traktor Chelyabinsk. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov had Traktor's only goal. Game Five is on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Amur Khabarovsk are competing with the other KHL sides that missed the Gagarin Cup playoffs in the Nadezhda Cup. In 8 games so far, Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev has 1 goal, 3 assist, and 4 points with an even rating and 4 penalty minutes.

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