Nesterov, Nikita

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-12-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Western Conference
(5)Cherepovets 2 vs. (1)St. Petersburg 4
St. Petersburg Wins the Series 4-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 28/32, 4.14 GAA, .875 sv%
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 4-6-0, 0 SO, 2.57 GAA, .917 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 28-20-3, 8 SO, 2.13 GAA, .923 sv%

1 goal and 1 assist by former NHLer and current SKA captain Dimitry Kalinin put the final nail in the coffin for Cherepovets in their 4-2 Game Four loss to St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg also got a goal from former Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin. Ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov did have a goal in defeat for Severstal. He finishes his playoffs with 2 goals and 3 points in 9 games with 56 penalty minutes and a even rating. SKA is the first KHL team through to the Conference Finals round of the Gagarin Cup Playoffs.

Eastern Conference
(5)Ufa 0 vs. (1)Kazan 3
Ufa Leads the Series 2-1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Konstantin Barulin stopped all 28 shots he faced in Kazan's 3-0, Game Three shutout of Ufa. Andrey Vasilevskiy still has yet to see action in the playoffs. Game Four is Wednesday.

(3)Chelyabinsk 3 vs. (2)Omsk 0
Chelyabinsk Leads the Series 3-0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Michael Garnett stopped all 24 shots he faced to lead Chelyabinsk to a key 3-0, Game Three win over Omsk. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo stopped 17 in defeat. Nikita Nesterov did not dress for the match for Traktor. Game Four is Wednesday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-9-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(1)Kazan 0 vs. (5)Ufa 2
Ufa Leads the Series 2-0
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Iiro Tarkki stopped all 37 shots he faced in Ufa's 2-0 shutout of top seeded Kazan. Ex-Flyer Stefan Ruzicka scored the winner for Ufa. Game Three is Tuesday.

(2)Omsk 0 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 3
Chelyabinsk Leads the Series 2-0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Young Valery Nichushkin, a potential top-10 pick in this summer's draft, scored a pair of goals to lead Chelyabinsk to a 3-0 Game Two win over Omsk. Goaltender Michael Garnett stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo took the loss for Omsk. Nikita Nesterov played just 5 shifts and 3:59 of ice time after being scratched in Game One. Game Three is Tuesday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-8-13

KHL Playoff Game Day (Russia):

Western Conference
(1)St. Petersburg 4 vs. (5)Cherepovets 1
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 2-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 31/35, 4.04 GAA, .886 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 4-4-0, 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .925 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 28-20-3, 8 SO, 2.13 GAA, .923 sv%

Ex-Coyotes first rounder Viktor Tikhonov had 2 goals and ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin had an assist as SKA pounded Severstal 4-1 in Game Two of their Semifinal series. Former Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov did not dress after being booted out of Game One with a boarding major. Monday is Game Three.

Eastern Conference
(1)Kazan 2 vs. (5)Ufa 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov scored the game winning goal for Ufa in their 3-2 Game One win over top seed Kazan. Finnish national Antti Pihlstrom scored Ufa's other 2 goals. Game Two is Saturday.

(2)Omsk 0 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 5
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov did not dress in Chelyabinsk's 5-0 shutout of Omsk. Ex-Thrashers draft pick Michael Garnett stopped all 33 shots he faced for Chelyabinsk. Ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo took the loss for Omsk. Game Two is Saturday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-5-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(3)Chelyabinsk 5 vs. (6)Astana 3
Chelyabinsk Wins the Series 4-3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Game Seven is no place for a rookie. That's why Nikita Nesterov only got 2 shifts and 1:01 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 5-3 win over Astana. Ex-Blackhawks draft pick Petri Kontiola led the way with 2 goals, including the game winner. Astana got a goal from former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski in defeat. Traktor moves on to face 2 seed Avangard Omsk.

(4)Magnitogorsk 0 vs. (5)Ufa 2
Chelyabinsk Wins the Series 4-3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Iiro Tarkki stopped all 17 shots he faced in Ufa's 2-0 Game Seven win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov scored the game winning goal. Lightning prospect Andrey Vasilevskiy has not played in the playoffs thus far. Ufa draws the top seed, Ak Bars Kazan, in the next round.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-3-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(6)Astana 4 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 2
Series Tied 3-3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov assisted on a Second Period goal and took two minors for roughing in Chelyabinsk's 4-2 Game Six loss to Astana. The defenseman did all that in just 4:36 of ice time. Ex-NHLer Nigel Dawes led the way for Astana with his 6th and 7th goals of the playoffs. Game Seven is Tuesday.

(5)Ufa 5 vs. (4)Magnitogorsk 4
Series Tied 3-3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov assisted on Brent Sopel's game winning marker in Ufa's 5-4 win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-NHLer Alexander Korolyuk had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for Magnitogorsk. Game Seven is Tuesday.

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