Nesterov, Nikita

KHL Game Day: 11-23-12

KHL (Russia)
Chelyabinsk 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 19 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was +1 in 11:41 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 2-1 win over Yugra. Caps first rounder Evgeny Kuznetsov assisted on what became Traktor's game winning goal. They'll face Omsk next on Sunday.

Magnitogorsk 5 vs. Astana 1
Victor Hedman, Astana, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 0-13-13, E, 50 PIM

Victor Hedman was -1 with a minor for roughing in 23:08 of ice time as Astana fell 5-1 to Magnitogorsk. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov had his 8th and 9th goals of the season in the victory for Metallurg. The older Kazionov has 9 goals and 11 points in 27 games this year playing on a team that includes NHLers Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar. Astana faces Ekaterinburg next on Sunday.

Ufa 5 vs. Donetsk 1
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Ufa, No Decision, 1/1, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals (KHL), 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 24 GP, 18-6-0, 2 SO, 1.97 GAA, .929 sv%

Andrei Vasilevskiy got 3:48 of mop up duty, including a penalty kill, in Ufa's 5-1 pasting of Donetsk. It was Vasilevskiy's first taste of KHL action this season. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Nikita Filatov had a goal in the win for Ufa. They face Dynamo Riga on Sunday.

Dynamo Moscow 5 vs. Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 22/27, 5.00 GAA, .815 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 12-13-2, 3 SO, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%

NHLer Alexander Ovechkin had a pair of goals to lead Dynamo Moscow to a 5-3 win over Cherepovets. Ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov, the younger Kazionov, remains out of the lineup for Cherepovets. They face Dynamo Minsk on Sunday.

Bratislava 3 vs. Mystisci 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 33/35, 2.00 GAA, .943 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 13-8-3, 3 SO, 2.29 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-NHLer Sandis Ozolinsh had a helper in defeat in Mytischi's 3-2 loss to Bratislava. Slovan faces Yaroslavl on Sunday.

KHL Game Day: 11-21-12

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

Nikita Gusev (pictured) had a successful debut for Amur Khabarovsk, assisting on the capping goal of a 5-1 victory over Novokuznetsk. Gusev played 11:36 in the match. Khabarovsk faces Novosibirsk tomorrow. There's nothing quite like the Thanksgiving tradition that is Novosibirsk hockey in the KHL.

Chelyabinsk 0 vs. Astana 3
Victor Hedman, Astana, 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 0-13-13, +10, 48 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Victor Hedman had helpers in triplicate, including 2 on the power play, in Astana's 3-0 blanking of Traktor Chelyabinsk. Hedman played 23:04 in the match. Nikita Nesterov played just 1:32 in the game for Traktor, his first since returning from the Subway Super Series. Chelyabinsk faces Khanty-Mansiysk next on Friday while Astana gets Magnitogorsk.

Ufa 4 vs. Spartak Moscow 1
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals (KHL): 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 24 GP, 18-6-0, 2 SO, 1.97 GAA, .929 sv%

Andrei Vasilevskiy sat backup to former Syracuse Crunch Iiro Tarkki in Ufa's 4-1 win over Spartak Moscow. Ufa got a goal from former Blue Jackets pick Nikita Filatov in the match. Ufa draws Donetsk next on Friday.

St. Petersburg 3 vs. Cherepovets 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 24/27, 3.04 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 12-12-2, 3 SO, 2.16 GAA, .925 sv%

NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 11th goal of the season to help lead St. Petersburg to a 3-2 win over Severstal Cherepovets. Former Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov was out of the lineup for Cherepovets in the match. Severstal faces Dynamo Moscow on Friday.

Bratislava 1 vs. Novgorod 4
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 25/29, 4.00 GAA, .862 sv%
Season totals: 23 GP, 12-8-3, 3 SO, 2.30 GAA, .924 sv%

Swedish star Martin Thornberg had 2 goals and 1 assist to lead Novgorod in a 4-1 thrashing of Slovan Bratislava. Thornberg has been a fixture on Sweden Euro Hockey Tour teams over the past several seasons. Slovan plays Mytischi on Friday.

Note that today's action was the first time this season that all Lightning prospects in the Russian leagues were in uniform for their respective KHL teams.

Subway Super Series Game Night: 11-15-12

Russia 5 @ Team WHL 2

D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Series totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM

D Artem Sergeev, RUS: Did not play
Series totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM

G Andrei Vasilevskiy, RUS: Did not play
Series totals: 1-2-0, 3.01 GAA, .903 sv%

Russia finished the Subway Super Series with a record of 3-2-0-1 after defeating the WHL, 5-2, on Thursday night in Victoria, B.C. Top Lightning prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy served as backup to Andrei Makarov, who started his second game in a row for Russia. He took a shutout into the shootout in Russia's first game against the WHL.

Russia wanted to bring over a strong representation this year in preparation for the upcoming World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia. It's safe to say they succeeded, as they won the series for the first time.

Subway Super Series Game Night: 11-14-12


Russia 0 @ Team WHL 1 (SO)

D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Series totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM

D Artem Sergeev, RUS: Did not play
Series totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM

G Andrei Vasilevskiy, RUS: Did not play
Series totals: 1-2-0, 3.01 GAA, .903 sv%

After 60 scoreless minutes, Team WHL scored three times on four attempts to beat the Russians in the shootout Wednesday in Vancouver.

Hunter Shinkurak, Mark McNeill and Sam Reinhart each tallied goals in the shootout, and WHL netminder Laurent Broissant stopped all three shots he faced. During regulation, the Flames prospect stopped 30 shots and Andei Makarov made 35 saves in the Russian net.

Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov, who wore an A for Russia, was whistled for a pair of minor penalties in the third period, once for interference at the 2:55 mark and once for holding at 12:59. Shinkurak went to the box for a coincidental minor (unsportsmanlike conduct for embellishment) with Nesterov on the latter penalty.

Team WHL went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Russia went 0-for-2 with the man-advantage.

Trailing in points 8-7, Russia (2-2-0-1) wraps up the Subway Series against the WHL in Victoria, B.C. Thursday.

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Subway Super Series Game Night: 11-12-12

Russia 1 @ Team OHL 2

D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Series totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

D Artem Sergeev, RUS: Did not play
Series totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM

G Andrei Vasilevskiy, RUS: Loss, 26 saves on 28 shots, Player of the Game (Russia)
Series totals: 1-2-0, 3.01 GAA, .903 sv%

D Slater Koekkoek, OHL: Did not play
Series totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

Team OHL avenged their first-ever loss to the Russians in the Subway Super Series with a 2-1 win on Monday night in Sarnia. Russia beat the OHL, 2-1, last week. The OHL outshot Russia 28-16 in the match, including 13-5 while holding a 1-0 lead entering the third period. Russia managed a goal with just over 30 seconds left in the game. The game-winning goal was scored when Vasilevskiy (pictured) deflected a hard low shot from his right to the weak side, where an unmarked Frankie Corrado (Canucks) had crept in from the point and deposited the puck into an empty net. Vasilevskiy made several remarkable saves to keep his team in the game and was named Player of the Game for the Russian side for the second time in three starts. Fellow Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov wore an alternate captain's A for Russia and played in all game situations.

Russia (2-2) will play the WHL starting on Wednesday in Vancouver.

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