European Leagues

European Game Day: 10-28-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 2 @ TPS 0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, SO, 20/20, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-4-0, 2 SO, 1.89 GAA, .916 sv%

In a battle of former first round draft picks, Riku Helenius bested TPS's Marek Schwarz with a 20 save shutout in JYP's 2-0 win. Helenius retakes the Lightning prospect lead in shutouts with 2, and has a very nice GAA of 1.89, now. JYP faces Assat on Saturday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
CSKA Jr. 5 @ Khabarovsk Jr. 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 12 GP, 11-13-24, +4, 8 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

I know one team that's not sending Nikita Kucherov a Christmas card this December. Kucherov assisted on all 3 goals of Nikita Gusev's first period natural hat trick to help lead CSKA Jr. to a 5-2 thumping of Khabarovsk Jr. In the 2 game set with Khabarovsk Jr., Kucherov compiled 1-4-5 and a +5 rating with 10 shots on goal.

European Game Day: 10-27-11

MHL (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. 3 @ Khabarovsk Jr. 2 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 11 GP, 11-10-21, +1, 8 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov figured in both goals in CSKA Jr. coming back from a 2-0 deficit to clip Khabarovsk Jr. 3-2 in the shootout. Kucherov did not need to take his turn in the penalty shot session, as CSKA Jr. won it 2-0. These two teams rematch on Friday.

Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. 4 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr. 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 5-6-11, +10, 16 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was held off the board in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Khanty-Mansiysk. Chelyabinsk Jr. draws Tyumen on Monday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 2 @ Vaxjo 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 6-3-9, +2, 8 PIM

Johan Harju had a third period power play goal in Lulea's 3-2 loss to Vaxjo, moving back into the scoring lead for his team. Ex-NHLer Tomi Kallio had a pair of helpers in the win for Vaxjo. Lulea plays Skelleftea on Saturday. They've slipped to 7th on the Elitserien table.

KHL Game Day: 10-26-11

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 4 @ Kazan 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, SO, 41/41, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 7-4-0, 1 SO, 2.34 GAA, .929 sv%

It took a little while, but Vasily Koshechkin got his first shutout of the season today stopping 41 shots to defeat perennial KHL power Ak Bars Kazan. Defenseman and ex-Bruins pick Maxim Chudinov had 1 goal and 4 points in the win. Cherepovets draws CSKA on Saturday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Hanty-Mansiysk Jr. 2 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 1 (OT)
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 5-6-11, +11, 16 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was held off the board in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s overtime loss to Hanty-Mansiysk Jr. The two clubs will rematch on Thursday.

European Game Day: 10-25-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
Jokerit 3 @ JYP 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-4-0, 1 SO, 2.21 GAA, .903 sv%

Ex-NHLer Riku Hahl had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Jokerit to a 3-2 win over JYP. JYP plays TPS on Friday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
CSKA Jr. 4 @ Stupino 3 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 10 GP, 10-9-19, -1, 8 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had a power play goal and an even strength helper in CSKA Jr.'s 4-3 shootout win over Stupino. He also failed to convert in his shootout attempt. CSKA Jr. plays Khabarovsk Jr. on Thursday.

European Game Day: 10-24-11

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 4 @ Yulaev 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 11 GP, 6-4-0, 0 SO, 2.57 GAA, .920 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin sat backup to Vadim Tarasov in Cherepovets' 4-2 win over Yulaev. Ex-NHLer Viktor Kozlov had a goal in the match for Yulaev. Cherepovets draws Kazan on Wednesday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. 7 @ Stupino 3
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 2-1-3, +4, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 9 GP, 9-8-17, -1, 8 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had a pair of even strength goals and a helper to lead CSKA Jr. to a 7-3 thumping of Stupino. The winger improved his +/- from -5 to -1 for the MHL season in the match. The two teams will rematch on Tuesday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 2 @ Frolunda 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 5-3-8, +4, 8 PIM

Big Joe lives! The Swedish winger had an even strength goal and a helper, as well as a minor for slashing, in Lulea's 3-2 loss to Frolunda. Lulea gets Vaxjo next on Thursday.

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