Nesterov, Nikita

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.

KHL Game Day: 1-8-13

KHL (Russia)
Ufa 1 vs. Dynamo Moscow 0
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, SO, 25/25, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 3 GP, 1-0-0, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

As if posting a shutout in his first KHL start of the season wasn't impressive enough, Andrey Vasilevskiy (pictured) also had the primary assist on the game's only goal in Ufa's 1-0 win over Dynamo Moscow. Vasilevskiy is fresh off his Bronze Medal winning performance with Russia in the U20 World Junior Championships. Ufa faces St. Petersburg next on Thursday.

Mytischi 0 vs. Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, SO, 17/17, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 21-17-2, 6 SO, 2.22 GAA, .920 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin kept the Lightning prospect shutout train rolling by stopping all 17 shots he faced in Severstal's 3-0 win over Mytischi. Ex-NHLer Niclas Bergfors, brother of former Lightning draft pick Henrik, had the game winning goal. Cherepovets plays Yaroslavl on Thursday.

Bratislava 4 vs. Chelyabinsk 3 (OT)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, OT Win, 27/30, 2.87 GAA, .900 sv%
Season totals: 37 GP, 21-12-4, 4 SO, 2.08 GAA, .933 sv%

Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 26 GP, 0-0-0, +5, 8 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

NHLer Lubomir Vishnevsky had a pair of helpers to help lead Bratislava to a 4-3 overtime win over Chelyabinsk. Defenseman Nikita Nesterov played 14:26 in the match for Traktor in his first game back from the U20 World Junior Championships. Slovan plays Praha on Tuesday a week from now. Chelyabinsk gets that same Praha club first on Thursday.

KHL Game Day: 1-6-13

KHL (Russia)
Novgorod 5 vs. Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 23/28, 5.11 GAA, .821 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 20-17-2, 5 SO, 2.27 GAA, .919 sv%

NHLer Alexander Semin had a goal in Novgorod's 5-3 win over Cherepovets. Cherepovets plays Mytischi next on Tuesday.

Bratislava 4 vs. Magnitogorsk 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Win, 35/38, 2.77 GAA, .921 sv%
Season totals: 36 GP, 20-12-4, 4 SO

Jaroslav Janus stopped 3 of 4 shooters in the penalty shot session to lift Bratislava to a 4-3 shootout win over Magnitogorsk.

Elsewhere, Nikita Nesterov was still out today for Chelyabinsk's 3-2 shootout loss to CSKA, following his Bronze Medal winning performance with Team Russia yesterday in Ufa at the U20 World Junior Championships.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Nine 1-3-13

Sweden 3 vs. Russia 2 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 5-3-8, +5, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM

Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Shootout Loss, 38/41, 2.77 GAA, .927 sv%
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 3-0-1, 1 SO, 1.81 GAA, .950 sv%

Sweden's Sebastien Collberg scored the only goal of the penalty shot session to stamp his team's ticket to the Gold Medal Match in a 3-2 win over Russia. Russian goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy stopped 2 of 3 in the shootout for the shootout loss. Forward Nikita Kucherov assisted on Mikhail Grigorenko's goal in the Third Period to help force Overtime, but was stopped on Russia's last shootout attempt. Russia plays Canada on Saturday in the Bronze Medal Match after Team USA upended the Canadians 5-1 in the day's other Semifinal.

Kucherov currently sits tied for 4th in the tournament in scoring.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Six 12-31-12

Switzerland 3 vs. Czech Republic 4 (OT)
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-4-4, +1, 2 PIM

Tomas Hertl's overtime goal lifted Czech Republic to a 4-3 win over Switzerland in their final game of the Round Robin. Switzerland overcame a 2 goal Third Period deficit to force extra time, but took their third after-regulation loss of the tournament. The Swiss finished in third place in Pool A after the Finns lost to Sweden today. They draw Russia on Wednesday in the opener of the Playoff Round.

Russia 1 vs. Canada 4
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 3-1-4, +3, 2 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM

Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1 SO, 0.96 GAA, .973 sv%

Nikita Kucherov scored Russia's only goal in their 4-1 loss to Canada. Defenseman Nikita Nesterov was named Russia's best player in the defeat. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to Andrei Makarov, who made 44 saved for the Russians. Russia finished in second in Pool B. They face the Swiss Wednesday in the Playoff Round.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Four 12-29-29

Germany 0 vs. Russia 7
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, 2 PIM, +2, 0 PIM

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

Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Win, SO, 41/41, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1 SO, 0.96 GAA, .973 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy turned away 41 shots in a 7-0 blanking of Germany. Forward Nikita Kucherov chipped in the game opening goal and a power play helper in the winning effort. Russia will finish up their Round Robin on Monday against Canada in a game that will determine the winner of Pool B.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Three 12-28-12

Sweden 3 vs. Switzerland 2 (SO)
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM

Victor Rask's shootout tally lifted Sweden to a 3-2 shootout victory over Switzerland. Switzerland took Sweden to the brink, and held a lead into the Third Period on Mike Kunzle's third goal of the tournament, but they could not hold off the defending Gold Medalists. Tanner Richard was scoreless in the match and took a minor for high sticking that turned into Sweden's opening goal of the game. He was also 50% on draws. The Swiss now sit in 2nd place on the Group A table with games against Finland and Czech Republic yet to go. They face the Finns next on Sunday.

Russia 2 vs. USA 1
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM

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

Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA. .941 sv%

Artem Sergeev (pictured) assisted on Viktor Tkachyov's goal early in the Third Period that gave Russia a critical 2-1 win over Team USA. Sergeev's helper means that all Lightning prospects have now found the scoresheet in Ufa, through the first two games of the Round Robin. Fellow Lightning prospect defenseman Nikita Nesterov also had a helper in the match, assisting an Albert Yarullin goal on the power play. Forward Nikita Kucherov took a holding minor in the match, and was in the box for Jacob Trouba's lone goal for the Americans. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to undrafted Saskatoon netminder Andrei Makarov who turned away 41 shots for the win. Russia faces Germany next on Saturday and sits 2nd behind Canada on the Group B table.

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