European Leagues

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.

MHL Game Day: 10-10-11

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Mytischi Jr. 5 @ CSKA Jr. 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM 1 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 3 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov is now officially riding the shuttle between the KHL and MHL. He assisted on a 2nd period power play goal today in CSKA Jr.'s 5-2 loss to Mytischi Jr. CSKA Jr. plays the rematch tomorrow.

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: 10-8-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 2 @ Karpat 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 15/16, 1.00 GAA, .938 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-3-0, 0 SO, 2.56 GAA, .896 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper as JYP eked out a 2-1 win over Karpat. JYP faces Espoo on Tuesday.

MHL (Russia):
(From Yesterday, 10-7-11)
CSKA Jr. 4 @ Spartak Moscow Jr. 3
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 3-3-6, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 9 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

In a not so surprising move, CSKA demoted Nikita Kucherov (pictured) to the MHL on Friday. Kucherov had a late goal with less than 4 minutes left to tie up the game and assisted on Nikita Gusev's game winner a little over 2 minutes later to lift CSKA Jr's to the 4-3 win over Spartak Jr. This is Kucherov's second stint in the MHL this season. He appeared for the junior club on September 20th, notching 2 goals and 4 points in a 6-5 loss to KHK MVD's junior side. It remains to be seen whether this demotion will last longer for Kucherov. CSKA's junior team plays Mytischi Jr. next on Monday.

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

In a game that also was played yesterday, defenseman Nikita Nesterov was held scoreless in Chelabinsk Jr.'s 3-2 shootout win over Loko Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. gets Novgorod Jr. on Sunday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 2 @ MODO 1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-2-6, +3, 2 PIM

Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 2-1 win over MODO. Lulea plays Skelleftea on Thursday.

KHL Game Day: 10-7-11

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 4 @ Dynamo Riga 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 42/44, 2.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-2-0, 0 SO, 2.50 GAA, .925 sv%

Just a reminder: veteran goaltender and Lightning 2002 draft pick Vasily Koshechkin is still one of the best goaltenders in all of Russia. He stopped 42 shots today to lead Cherepovets to a 4-2 win over Riga. Ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums was scoreless in the match for Riga. Cherepovets draws Mytischi on Sunday.

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