Nesterov, Nikita

KHL Game Day: 1-21-13

KHL (Russia)
Ekaterinburg 1 vs. Ufa 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 22/23, 1.00 GAA, .957 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 5 GP, 2-1-0, 1 SO, 1.82 GAA, .934 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy got the start against sad sack Ekaterinburg, and the youngster turned away 22 shots in a 3-1 win for Ufa. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov had a goal in the win for Ufa. They play Novosibirsk on Wednesday.

Chelyabinsk 5 vs. Nizhnekamsk 4
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 29 GP, 0-0-0, +5, 10 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov played just 3:03 as Chelyabinsk eked out a 5-4 win over Nizhnekamsk. Ex-NHLer Deron Quint had a pair of assists in the win for Traktor. They play Magnitogorsk on Wednesday.

Cherepovets 7 vs. Khabarovsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 27/28, 1.00 GAA, .964 sv%
Season totals: 45 GP, 25-17-3, 6 SO, 2.10 GAA, .924 sv%

Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 19 GP, 3-8-11, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 25 GP, 3-9-12, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Vasya Koshechkin and Cherepovets continue to roll, as they pummeled bottomfeeder Khabarovsk 7-1. Ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov had his 12th goal of the season and a helper in the win. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev played 13:43 for Amur in defeat. Cherepovets gets Bratislava Saturday. Khabarovsk gets Riga.

KHL Game Day: 1-19-13

KHL (Russia)
Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Ufa 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 29 GP, 0-0-0, +5, 10 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals (KHL): 4 GP, 1-1-0, 1 SO, 2.29 GAA, .925 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Nikita Nesterov was +1 in 10:35 of ice time as Chelyabinsk knocked off Ufa 3-1. Caps first rounder Evgeny Kuznetsov had his 18th goal of the season for Traktor in the win. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup for Ufa. Chelyabinsk plays Nizhnekamsk next on Monday. Ufa will get sad sack Ekaterinburg.

Cherepovets 2 vs. Novosibirsk 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, SO Win, 21/22, 0.92 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 24-17-3, 6 SO, 2.12 GAA, .923 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets continued their strong play of late by defeating Novosibirsk 2-1 in a shootout. Koshechkin stopped both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session. Ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov had a helper in the win for Severstal. They play Khabarovsk on Monday.

Dinamo Minsk 4 vs. Khabarovsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 18 GP, 3-8-11, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 24 GP, 3-9-12, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on a garbage time goal as Khabarovsk was thumped 4-1 by Minsk. The forward played 11:09 in the match. Amur plays Cherepovets on Monday.

With less than a month to go in the regular season, Cherepovets sits in 5th in the Western Conference and Bratislava (Jaroslav Janus) checks in as the 6th seed. In the East, Chelyabinsk is currently in the 4 spot. Khabarovsk is in 11th in the East and has already been eliminated from the postseason.

KHL Game Day: 1-17-13

KHL (Russia)
Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Kazan 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 28 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 10 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov took a minor for hooking in 12:13 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 3-2 win over Kazan. Caps first rounder Evgeny Kuznetsov had a pair of helpers in the win for Traktor. They face Ufa next on Saturday.

Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Ufa 4
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals (KHL): 4 GP, 1-1-0, 1 SO, 2.29 GAA, .925 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to Iito Tarkki in Ufa's 4-1 win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-Lightning draft picks Alexei Glukhov and Alex Svitov each had goals in the win for Ufa. They face Chelyabinsk on Saturday.

Cherepovets 2 vs. Novokuznetsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 23/24, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%
Season totals: 43 GP, 23-17-3, 6 SO, 2.15 GAA, .922 sv%

Ex-NHLer Niklas Bergfors had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Cherepovets to a 2-1 win over Novokuznetsk. Draft eligible defenseman Zakhar Arzamastsev had the lone goal in defeat for Novokuznetsk. Cherepovets plays Novosibirsk on Saturday.

Chekhov 2 vs. Khabarovsk 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 17 GP, 3-7-10, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 23 GP, 3-8-11, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a minor for tripping in 12:31 of ice time in Khabarovsk's 3-2 shootout win over Chekhov. The forward also failed to convert in his lone attempt in the penalty shot session. Ex-NHLer Timofei Shishkanov had a pair of assists for Khabarovsk in the win. Khabarovsk plays Dynamo Minsk on Saturday.

KHL Game Day: 1-10-13

KHL (Russia)
Ufa 2 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 21/25, 6.89 GAA, .840 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 4 GP, 1-1-0, 1 SO, 2.29 GAA, .925 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy was chased at 14:50 of the Second Period in Ufa's 4-2 loss to St. Petersburg. SKA's attack was led in part by a pair of helpers by former NHLer Dmitri Kalinin. The loss was Vasilevskiy's first at the KHL level this season. Ufa plays Magnitogorsk next Thursday.

Yaroslavl 1 vs. Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 41 GP, 22-17-2, 6 SO, 2.19 GAA, .921 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin and Severstal continue to play well heading into the KHL All-Star Break. He turned aside 25 shots today in the club's 3-1 win over Yaroslavl. They face Yaroslavl again on Tuesday.

Praha 6 vs. Chelyabinsk 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 27 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 8 PIM
Season totals (MHL) 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was -1 in 6:00 of ice time as Chelyabinsk was crushed by Praha 6-2. Lev got a pair of helpers from former Senators first rounder Jakub Klepis in the win. Traktor plays Kazan next Thursday.

Lightning Prospect WJC Review

The Lightning had five prospects at the 2013 Under-20 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, and four came away with medals.

Here’s a look how each prospect fared, and what their future might look like.

Nikita Kucherov, RW, Russia
7 Games Played, 5-3-8, +4, 4 PIM, 21 SOG

While Kucherov may only remember his missed shootout attempt against Sweden in the semifinals right now, years from now will look at his Bronze medal and be satisfied with his play throughout the competition. Kucherov was arguably Russia’s best forward in the tournament, though Mikhail Grigorenko (Sabres) was the only forward named among the team’s three best by the coaches at tournament’s end. In the opinion of TSN commentator Ray Ferraro, Kucherov was the team’s best forward. He and Grigorenko were by far the most consistent and dangerous forwards for the Russians at the event, and the two were responsible for 14 points together.

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