European Leagues

KHL Game Day: 12-21-11

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 4 @ Omsk 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 20 GP, 9-8-0, 1 SO, 2.76 GAA, .914 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin is still riding the pine for Cherepovets. They beat Omsk today 4-3 in a shootout. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 31 shots in the loss. Cherepovets draws Magnitogorsk on Friday.

World Juniors Game Night: 12-20-11

Russia 6 vs. USA 3 (Pre-tournament match)

RW Nikita Kucherov, RUS: 2-0-2, 0 PIM
C Vladislav Namestnikov, RUS: 0-0-0, 2 PIM
D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: Did not play

Russia beat the U.S. 6-3 in Red Deer, Alberta, Tuesday night in pre-World Junior Championship exhibition play. The stats listed above are unofficial and based off comments from reporters at the game. Kucherov’s first goal was on the power play and his second was scored into an empty net. Russia still has to cut six players, but all Lightning prospects should be safe. The “real” games start the day after Christmas. (Pictured: Kucherov scoring on Stars first rounder Jack Campbell)

European Game Day: 12-11-11

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 4 @ Novgorod 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 20 GP, 9-8-0, 1 SO, 2.76 GAA, .914 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin sat backup in Cherepovets' 4-1 win over Novgorod. Ex-Bruins prospect Mikko Lehtonen had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory. Cherepovets is now off until 12/21, when the play Omsk, for the Channel One Cup break.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 3 @ Frolunda 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 10-6-16, +6, 10 PIM

Lulea held off a furious 2 goal third period rally by Frolunda to win 3-2. They're off now until the day after Christmas, 12/26, when they will face MODO.

SM-liiga Game Day: 12-10-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Lukko 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 16/17, 1.00 GAA, .941 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 9-6-0, 6 SO, 1.47 GAA, .932 sv%

Remember the days when Riku Helenius (pictured) allowing 1 goal in a win would have been exciting? Now, if he doesn't get a shutout, we wonder what went wrong. He's raised the bar that much this season. In fairness, he somewhat made up for it by assisting on JYP's opening goal by Jani Tuppuainen. JYP now sails off into the Channel One Cup break and won't play again until the Tuesday after Christmas against SaiPa. The Channel One Cup will run from 12/15 through 12/18.

SM-liiga Game Day: 12-9-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
Blues 3 @ JYP 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 14 GP, 8-6-0, 6 SO, 1.51 GAA, .931 sv%

Riku Helenius sat backup as JYP fell to Espoo 3-1. JYP faces Lukko on Saturday.

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