Nesterov, Nikita

Subway Super Series: Game 3 (11-10-11)

Russia 7 @ OHL All-Stars 10
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM

Vladislav Namestnikov, Russia, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM

In a wild one, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov assisted on a Nikita Gusev goal and Nikita Nesterov added a power play assist, but it was not enough as Russia fell 10-7 to the OHL All-Stars. Ex-Lightning rookie camper Seth Griffith had 1 goal and 3 points for the OHL in the win. The two squads will square off again on Monday.

Subway Super Series: Game 2 (11-9-11)

QMJHL All-Stars 4 @ Russia 5 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Tournament total: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM

Wow. In a series often dominated by the CHL's all-star teams because the Russians send their second and third string juniors, Russia has had a stunning start. Tonight, they defeated the QMJHL All-Stars 5-4 in the shootout to sweep the opening leg of the Subway Superseries. Up next: the OHL All-Stars tomorrow night. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov (pictured) helped lead the way with the game opening goal and a helper on a late goal that fell 15 seconds short of being the winner. He also converted on his lone shootout attempt. For his part, defenseman Nikita Nesterov was also a solid +3 in the match.

Subway Super Series: Game 1 (11-7-11)

Russia 2 @ QMJHL 0
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament toals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Sergey Kostenko had a 42 save shutout to lead badly outshot Russia over the QMJHL All-Stars 2-0. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov was second on Russia with 3 shots on goal. Russia mustered just 12 attempts on net on losing goaltender Maxime Lagace.

Game 2 is on Wednesday, when Nikita Nesterov may make his first appearance.

European Game Day: 11-3-11

MHL (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. 5 @ Spartak Jr. 3
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 14 GP, 13-15-28, +8, 28 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had an even strength and power play goal in CSKA Jr.'s 5-3 win over Spartak Jr. CSKA Jr. draws Mytischi Jr. on Saturday, but Kucherov may have travel plans.

Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
Season totals: 22 GP, 6-8-14, +10, 18 PIM

Nikita Nesterov did not play in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-2 win over Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. He is scheduled to play in all of Russia's matches in the 2011 Subway Super Series against the CHL All-Stars. The first match of that series will be on Monday in Victoriaville against the QMJHL's All-Stars. Nikita Kucherov will also participate in all of the series' matches for Russia.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 2 @ Linkopings 1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 7-3-10, +2, 8 PIM

Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 2-1 win over Linkopings. Linkopings got a goal from former Lightning forward Jan Hlavac and 29 saves from former Lightning pick Fredrik Norrena in the loss. Lulea plays AIK on Saturday.

European Game Day: 11-1-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Ilves 0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, SO, 15/15, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 5-4-0, 4 SO, 1.46 GAA, .937 sv%

No way. Riku Helenius posted his third straight shutout in JYP's 4-0 thumping of Ilves Tampere. I could not make this up if I tried. Helenius earned second star honors for his effort. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin was the game's first star with 2 helpers in the game. Helenius and JYP get the Lahti Pelicans, Karri Ramo's first club, on Friday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 @ Tyumen 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 6-8-14, +10, 18 PIM

Nikita Nesterov on a third period power play goal that was an insurance marker in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 3-1 win over Tyumen. The Baby Polar Bears draw Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. on Thursday.

Nikita Kucherov's CSKA Jr. will face Spartak Jr. on Wednesday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ Farjestads 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 7-3-10, +2, 8 PIM

Johan Harju's mini scoring streak came to an end in Lulea's 2-1 loss to Farjestads. Ex-Devils draft pick Christian Berglund scored the third period winner for Farjestads. Lulea draws Linkopings on Thursday.

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