Nesterov, Nikita

KHL Game Day: 3-29-12

KHL Eastern Conference Finals (Russia):
Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov had the capping, empty net goal for Chelyabinsk in their 3-1 Game One win over Omsk. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo, now a Flames property, allowed 2 goals on 20 shots in defeat for Avangard. Nikita Nesterov did not play in the match for Traktor. Game Two is Saturday.

European Game Day: 3-24-12

SM-liiga Quarterfinals (Finland):
(5)Assat 1 @ (4)JYP 2
JYP Leads the Series 2-0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 31/32, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .971 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

You know you're playing amazing hockey as a goaltender when you stop 31 of 32 in a victory and your save percentage actually gets worse because of the effort. That's how embarrassingly well Riku Helenius has played in his first 2 games of the SM-liiga playoffs, though, helping to stake JYP to a 2-0 series lead. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin was the first star of Game Two, assisting on both of JYP's goals. Game Three is Monday.

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals (Russia):
Caps first rounder Evgeny Kuznetsov had a pair of goals to lead Chelyabinsk to a series clinching 4-1 win over Kazan. Traktor takes the series 4-2. Nikita Nesterov did not play in the match. The KHL Eastern Conference Finals begin Thursday with Chelyabinsk facing Omsk and former Lightning netminder Karri Ramo, which was the 2 seed. The entire Eastern Conference bracket has been chalk so far.

European Game Day: 3-22-12

SM-liiga Quarterfinals (Finland):
(4) JYP 4 @ (5) Assat 1
JYP Leads the Series 1-0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 35/36, 1.00 GAA, .972 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .972 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

So far, so good. Riku Helenius stopped 35 of 36 shots he faced in JYP's 4-1 Game One throttling of Assat. Ex-Lightning defenseman Kristian Kudroc assisted on Assat's only goal. Game Two is Saturday.

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals (Russia):
Danis Zaripov scored the game winner at 8:54 of the third overtime session to deliver Kazan a thrilling 2-1 Game Five win over Chelyabinsk. Chelyabinsk still holds a 3-2 edge in the series. Nikita Nesterov did not dress for Chelyabinsk. Game Six is Saturday.

European Game Day: 3-20-12

SM-liiga Playoffs (Finland):
The field of 8 is complete. Blues Espoo crushed Lukko 6-3 in Game Three of their mini play-in series, joining Karpat as the other recipient of a play-in spot. Riku Helenius and JYP will play Assat in the Quarterfinals beginning on Thursday.

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals (Russia):
Former Blackhawks draft pick Petri Kontiola's goal late in the third period lifted Chelyabinsk to a 3-2 Game Four victory over Ak Bars Kazan. Nikita Nesterov did not play in the match. Chelyabinsk leads the series 3-1 and will go in for the kill on Thursday.

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. rolled to a 7-2 Game Four victory to knot their series at 2-2. Nikita Kucherov did not play in the match. The decisive Game Five will be on Friday.

European Game Day: 3-18-12 and 3-19-12

3-18-12
KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
Ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen scored 1:55 into overtime to lift Kazan to a critical 2-1 Game Three win over top seed Chelyabinsk. Nikita Nesterov did not dress for the match. Chelyabinsk still holds a 2-1 series lead with Game Four set for Tuesday.

SM-slutspel (Sweden):
(7)AIK 3 @ (1)Lulea 0
AIK Wins the Series 4-1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM
Regular eason totals: 53 GP, 15-10-25, +12, 16 PIM

Goaltender Viktor Fasth, who was rumored to be a Lightning free agent target, stopped all 31 shots he faced for AIK in their clinching 3-0 win over Lulea. The series loss is a crushing upset for the league's top seed.

3-19-12
MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals(Russia Jr.):
St. Petersburg Jr. 3 @ CSKA Jr. 2
St. Petersburg Jr. Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., DNP
Playoff totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Nikita Kucherov did not dress for CSKA Jr.'s critical Game Three loss to St. Petersburg Jr. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov has also not appeared for CSKA Jr. in the last couple of matches. Game Four is Tuesday.

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