European Leagues

Elitserien Game Day: 1-25-12

Elitserien (Sweden):
Linkopings 1 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 12-6-18, +5, 16 PIM

Ex-Panthers draft pick Toni Koivisto scored a pair of goals to lead Lulea to a 3-1 victory over Linkopings. Ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the loss for Linkopings. Lulea faces Farjestads on Friday.

KHL Game Day: 1-24-12

KHL (Russia):
Dynamo Minsk 6 @ CSKA 5
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 11 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM

Fresh off an MHL hat trick, Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov was called up to CSKA's big team where he scored his first career KHL goal in CSKA's 6-5 loss to Minsk. Kucherov played 6:00 even in the match. CSKA plays Poprad on Thursday.

MHL Game Day: 1-23-12

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Ekaterinburg Jr. 2
Nikita Nesterov, 1-1-2, +5, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 31 GP, 9-15-24, +15, 26 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Is this the week where we learned Nikita Nesterov has outgrown the MHL? He had an even strength goal and assist and was a gaudy +5 today in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-2 thumping of Ekaterinburg Jr. He also took a minor for hooking in the match. Chelyabinsk Jr. faces Yaroslavl Jr. on Friday.

MHL Game Day: 1-22-12

MHL (Russia):
CSKA Jr. 9 @ Poprad Jr. 4
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 3-0-3, +1, 4 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

You know, a point a game pace is impressive, but a goal a game pace is borderline ridiculous. That's what Nikita Kucherov's MHL season looks like after he had a hat trick today in CSKA Jr.'s 9-4 win over Poprad. One of Kucherov's three talleys came on the power play and he also took a double minor for roughing as the game got chippy late in the third period. CSKA Jr. is off until Wednesday when they'll play Bobriusk.

Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Ekaterinburg Jr. 3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 30 GP, 8-14-22, +10, 24 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had 1 goal and 3 points, including a shorthanded assist, in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-3 victory over Ekaterinburg Jr. The two teams rematch on Monday.

European Game Day: 1-21-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 3 @ HIFK 4
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 23 GP, 16-6-0, 6 SO, 1.52 GAA, .936 sv%

HIFK held off a furious rally that included 2 goals in the final 4 minutes of regulation to edge JYP 4-3. HIFK's game winner came off the stick of former Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori while former Lightning forward Eric Perrin contributed a helper for JYP. JYP is off until Friday's match with SaiPa.

Elitserien (Sweden):
AIK 0 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 12-6-18, +5, 16 PIM

Just weeks separated from his U20 WJC Gold Medal triumph with Team Sweden, netminder Johan Gustafsson made 29 stops to help Lulea blank AIK 3-0. Gustafsson was a 6th round draft pick of the Wild in the 2010 draft. Johan Harju took a minor for hooking in the match. Lulea gets Linkopings on Wednesday.

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