Nesterov, Nikita

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Six 12-31-12

Switzerland 3 vs. Czech Republic 4 (OT)
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-4-4, +1, 2 PIM

Tomas Hertl's overtime goal lifted Czech Republic to a 4-3 win over Switzerland in their final game of the Round Robin. Switzerland overcame a 2 goal Third Period deficit to force extra time, but took their third after-regulation loss of the tournament. The Swiss finished in third place in Pool A after the Finns lost to Sweden today. They draw Russia on Wednesday in the opener of the Playoff Round.

Russia 1 vs. Canada 4
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 3-1-4, +3, 2 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM

Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1 SO, 0.96 GAA, .973 sv%

Nikita Kucherov scored Russia's only goal in their 4-1 loss to Canada. Defenseman Nikita Nesterov was named Russia's best player in the defeat. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to Andrei Makarov, who made 44 saved for the Russians. Russia finished in second in Pool B. They face the Swiss Wednesday in the Playoff Round.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Four 12-29-29

Germany 0 vs. Russia 7
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, 2 PIM, +2, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM

Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Win, SO, 41/41, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1 SO, 0.96 GAA, .973 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy turned away 41 shots in a 7-0 blanking of Germany. Forward Nikita Kucherov chipped in the game opening goal and a power play helper in the winning effort. Russia will finish up their Round Robin on Monday against Canada in a game that will determine the winner of Pool B.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Three 12-28-12

Sweden 3 vs. Switzerland 2 (SO)
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM

Victor Rask's shootout tally lifted Sweden to a 3-2 shootout victory over Switzerland. Switzerland took Sweden to the brink, and held a lead into the Third Period on Mike Kunzle's third goal of the tournament, but they could not hold off the defending Gold Medalists. Tanner Richard was scoreless in the match and took a minor for high sticking that turned into Sweden's opening goal of the game. He was also 50% on draws. The Swiss now sit in 2nd place on the Group A table with games against Finland and Czech Republic yet to go. They face the Finns next on Sunday.

Russia 2 vs. USA 1
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM

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

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA. .941 sv%

Artem Sergeev (pictured) assisted on Viktor Tkachyov's goal early in the Third Period that gave Russia a critical 2-1 win over Team USA. Sergeev's helper means that all Lightning prospects have now found the scoresheet in Ufa, through the first two games of the Round Robin. Fellow Lightning prospect defenseman Nikita Nesterov also had a helper in the match, assisting an Albert Yarullin goal on the power play. Forward Nikita Kucherov took a holding minor in the match, and was in the box for Jacob Trouba's lone goal for the Americans. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to undrafted Saskatoon netminder Andrei Makarov who turned away 41 shots for the win. Russia faces Germany next on Saturday and sits 2nd behind Canada on the Group B table.

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.

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