Nesterov, Nikita

European Game Day: 1-31-12

Full slate today:

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 2 @ SaiPa 1 SO
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 34/35, 0.92 GAA, .971 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 17-6-0, 6 SO, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Riku Helenius made 34 saves and was named the game's first star in JYP's 2-1 win over SaiPa. Helenius' rise has gradually gone, over the course of the season, from a cute story, to a bit of a phenomenon, to now something that bears serious consideration. No one expected him to keep posting shutouts in 40% of his starts, but he's now consistently winning games and only allowing 1-2 goals in the process. He leads the SM-liiga now in GAA and save percentage and he's still tied for the lead in shutouts. For an organization so starved for goaltending as the Lightning's, they can't afford to ignore #31 for JYP. JYP is now off until Tuesday, February 14, when they'll play TPS. They've now climbed into 4th on the SM-liiga table. The Sweden Hockey Games leg of the Euro Hockey Tour will be played February 9-12.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 2 @ Dynamo Minsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, ND, 14/15, 1.92 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 29 GP, 15-9-0, 5 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin spelled starter Vadim Tarasov 8:42 into the second period and allowed 1 goal on 15 shots in Cherepovets' 4-2 loss to Minsk. Ex-Devils first rounder Nicklas Bergfors had a helper in the match for Cherepovets. Cherepovets faces Poprad on Thursday.

CSKA 4 @ Spartak Moscow 1
Nikita Kucherov, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 16 GP, 1-3-4, E, 2 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM

Nikita Kucherov assisted on Nikita Gusev's game opening goal in CSKA's 4-1 rout of Spartak. Kucherov played 11:39 in the match. CSKA draws Chekhov on Thursday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 7 @ Kirov-Chepetsk 4
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 34 GP, 10-19-29, +15, 30 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov assisted on an Anton Burdasov goal in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 3 goal win over Kirov-Chepetsk. Chelyabinsk Jr. is off until Friday when they play Kazan Jr.

Elitserien (Sweden):
From 1-23
Frolunda 1 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 12-6-18, +4, 16 PIM

In a game that slipped through the cracks from last Monday, Toni Koivisto's third period goal lifted Lulea to a 2-1 win over Frolunda.

From 1-31
HV 71 0 @ Lulea 1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 13-6-19, +4, 16 PIM

Johan Harju scored the shootout winner to lift Lulea to a 1-0 win over HV 71. Remember, shootout winners count as goals in the stat column in Sweden. Lulea draws Vaxjo on Thursday. Lulea has climbed to 2nd place in the Elitserien, just 1 point back of Skelleftea.

European Game Day: 1-27-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
Tappara 2 @ JYP 5
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 30/32, 2.00 GAA, .938 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 17-6-0, 6 SO, 1.54 GAA, .937 sv%

Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a hat trick and an assist, too, in JYP's 5-2 win over Tappara. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius was named the game's third star after stopping 30 shots in the victory. JYP faces Espoo on Saturday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 2 @ Yaroslavl Jr. 10
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 1-1-2, E, 4 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 32 GP, 10-16-26, +15, 30 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had a power play goal and a shorthanded assist and somehow managed to earn an even rating in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 10-2 loss to Yaroslavl Jr. He also took a pair of minors for roughing in the match. Chelyabinsk Jr. faces Novgorod Jr. on Sunday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ Farjestads 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 12-6-18, +4, 16 PIM

Per Aslund had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Farjestads to a 3-1 win over Lulea. Lulea faces HV 71 on Tuesday.

MHL Game Day: 1-23-12

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Ekaterinburg Jr. 2
Nikita Nesterov, 1-1-2, +5, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 31 GP, 9-15-24, +15, 26 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Is this the week where we learned Nikita Nesterov has outgrown the MHL? He had an even strength goal and assist and was a gaudy +5 today in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-2 thumping of Ekaterinburg Jr. He also took a minor for hooking in the match. Chelyabinsk Jr. faces Yaroslavl Jr. on Friday.

MHL Game Day: 1-22-12

MHL (Russia):
CSKA Jr. 9 @ Poprad Jr. 4
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 3-0-3, +1, 4 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

You know, a point a game pace is impressive, but a goal a game pace is borderline ridiculous. That's what Nikita Kucherov's MHL season looks like after he had a hat trick today in CSKA Jr.'s 9-4 win over Poprad. One of Kucherov's three talleys came on the power play and he also took a double minor for roughing as the game got chippy late in the third period. CSKA Jr. is off until Wednesday when they'll play Bobriusk.

Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Ekaterinburg Jr. 3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 30 GP, 8-14-22, +10, 24 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had 1 goal and 3 points, including a shorthanded assist, in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-3 victory over Ekaterinburg Jr. The two teams rematch on Monday.

European Game Day: 1-20-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
HIFK 1 @ JYP 3
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 28/29, 1.00 GAA, .966 sv%
Season totals: 23 GP, 16-6-0, 6 SO, 1.52 GAA, .936 sv%

Roll on, Riku Helenius. Roll on. The young netminder allowed only a Mikael Granlund third period goal in JYP's 3-1 win over HIFK. The goal was assisted by former Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori and Granlund's brother Markus. The two teams re-match on Saturday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
CSKA Jr. 3 @ Riga Jr. 4 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 1-1-2, +2, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 18 GP, 16-17-33, +11, 34 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had an even strength goal and assist in the second period of CSKA Jr.'s 4-3 shootout loss to Riga Jr. He also took a pair of minors in the period, as well, but did not get an attempt in the shootout session. CSKA Jr. skates again on Sunday against Poprad.

Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 @ Magnitogorsk Jr. 4 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 29 GP, 7-12-19, +7, 24 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had an even strength and a power play assist in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 4-3 shootout loss to Magnitogorsk Jr. The 2 points put Nesterov at 19 for the season, which matches his total from a season ago, which he put up in 46 games. Chelyabinsk Jr. plays Ekaterinburg Jr. on Sunday.

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