Nesterov, Nikita

European Game Day: 10-13-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Lukko 0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 18/18, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-3-0, 1 SO, 2.04 GAA, .912 sv%

That's more like it. Riku Helenius made 18 stops to blank Lukko today in JYP's 4-0 victory. Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist in the match. JYP faces Ilves Tampere on Friday and has now moved up to 9th in the 14 team league.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Kirov-Chepetsk 1 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 7
Nikita Nesterov, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 5-6-11, +12, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had a power play assist and even strength goal in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 7-1 thumping of Kirov-Chepetsk. They draw Novosibirsk Jr. on Monday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 2 @ Skelleftea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 4 PIM

Erik Forssell had a pair of third period goals to lead Skelleftea to a 3-2 victory over Lulea. Lulea draws MODO on Saturday.

European Game Day: 10-11-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
Blues 3 @ JYP 2 (SO)
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-3-0, 0 SO, 2.56 GAA, .896 sv%

Riku Helenius sat backup in JYP's 3-2 shootout loss to Espoo. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin was scoreless in the match for JYP. They face Lukko next on Thursday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. 6 @ Mytischi Jr. 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 4 GP, 5-4-9, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had a game opening power play goal and a third period even strength marker in CSKA Jr.'s 6-2 spanking of Mytischi Jr. CSKA's junior side faces Stupino next on Saturday. We'll see if Kucherov rides the shuttle back up to the KHL in the meantime.

Kazan Jr. 7 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 2
Nikita Nesterov, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 4-5-9, +10, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov's third period power play assist was little consolation for Chelyabinsk Jr. as they were dismantled 7-2 by Kazan Jr. They face Kirov-Chepetsk next on Thursday.

KHL Game Day: 10-9-11

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 2 @ Mytischi 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 34/35, 0.92 GAA, .971 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 5-2-1, 0 SO, 2.26 GAA, .932 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin made 34 saves in regulation and OT before stopping 3 of 5 shooters in Cherepovets' 2-1 shootout win over Mytischi. Koshechkin stopped ex-Lightning d-man Janne Niskala twice in the shootout. Ex-Lightning draft picks Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in the match for Mytischi. Cherepovets draws Chekhov and man/myth/legend Nick Tarnasky on Wednesday.

CSKA 2 @ St. Petersburg 3 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov's stint in the MHL lasted 1 game, as he returned to the KHL team today and was scoreless in 5:14 of ice time in CSKA's 3-2 shootout loss to St. Petersburg. Ex-Lightning pick Fedor Fedorov scored the winning shot in the penalty shot session for SKA. CSKA has a rematch with St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Novgorod Jr. 1 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +11, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov did his best to stop his recent scoring slump, bombing away for 6 shots on goal, but he was held off the scoresheet in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 2-1 loss to Novgorod Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. draws Kazan Jr. on Tuesday.

European Game Day: 9-30-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 5 @ HIFK 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-2 thumping of HIFK. HIFK features former Lightning draft picks Eero Somervuori and Erikki Rajamaki, who were both scoreless in the match. JYP leaps out of the basement over 3 teams into 11th on the SM-liiga table with the win. They face SaiPa on Tuesday.

KHL (Russia):
Spartak Moscow 2 @ CSKA 1 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

Why do I hate it when 18 year old Russians stay in the KHL rather than coming to North America to develop? This is why. Nikita Kucherov was scoreless and -1 in a sparing 4:59 of ice time in CSKA's 2-1 shootout loss to Spartak. Young players need to play to get better. Period. CSKA faces Novosibirsk next on Sunday. Here's hoping Kucherov actually gets some ice time.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Togliatti Jr. 6 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov. Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-4-8, +10, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was scoreless in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 6-5 shootout loss to Togliatti Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. plays Yaroslavl Jr. next Friday.

European Game Day: 9-26-11 and 9-27-11

9/26
KHL (Russia):
Hanty-Mansiysk 2 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 29/31, 2.00 GAA, .935 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 0 SO, 2.51 GAA, .924 sv%

Vadim Shipachev had a hat trick to lead Cherepovets to a 4-2 win over Yugra.

9/27
SM-liiga (Finland):
Lukko 4 @ JYP 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 24/27, 3.09 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Ex-NHL first rounder Kris Beech had a goal in Lukko's 4-1 win over JYP. Riku Helenius and JYP are now languishing in last place on the SM-liiga table. JYP faces Assat on Thursday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 @ Ufa Jr. 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-4-8, +11, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov's mini-cold streak continues, from an offensive standpoint, but he got back on the plus side of the ledger in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 3-1 victory over Ufa Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. gets Togliatti's junior team on Friday.

Elitserien (Sweden)
Farjestads 0 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-5, +2, 0 PIM

Minnesota Wild draft pick Johan Gustafsson had an 18 save shutout in Lulea's 2-0 win over Farjestads. Lulea faces AIK on Thursday.

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