European Leagues

European Game Day: 10-6-11

KHL (Russia):
CSKA 2 @ Khabarovsk 3 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov was a scratch in CSKA's 3-2 shootout loss to Khabarovsk. CSKA faces St. Petersburg on Sunday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ Brynas 0
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 2 PIM

Johan Harju had a minor for high sticking and failed to convert on a third period penalty shot in Lulea's 1-0 win over Brynas. Ex-Lightning goaltender Johan Holmqvist stopped 19 shots for Brynas in the loss. Lulea plays MODO on Saturday. The team is currently tied with Frolunda and Skelleftea at 17 points for the best mark in the league.

European Game Day: 10-4-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP-5 @ SaiPa 4 (SO)
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-4 shootout win over SaiPa. JYP faces Karpat next on Saturday.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 0 @ Novgorod 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 21/23, 3.00 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0, 0 SO, 2.60 GAA, .917 sv%

Ex-Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin scored to lead Novgorod to a 3-0 win over Cherepovets. Severstal faces Dynamo Riga next on Friday.

CSKA 3 @ Novokuznetsk 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov's scoring streak ended a 1 game after he went scoreless in 7:02 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 win over Novokuznetsk. The forward is averaging 8:36 of ice time per game through 9 games this season. CSKA draws Khabarovsk next on Thursday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Linkopings 2 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 0 PIM

Sami Sandell beat ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena midway through the third period to life Lulea to a 3-2 win over Linkopings. Lulea faces Brynas on Thursday.

KHL Game Day: 10-2-11

CSKA 3 @ Novosibirsk 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Finally! Something good happens for Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov! The young sniper assisted on a Dmitri Monya third period goal in 9:05 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 win over Novosibirsk. It was Kucherov's first point of the season. CSKA gets Novokuznetsk next on Tuesday.

Elitserien Game Day: 10-1-11

Elitserien (Sweden):
Timra 4 @ Lulea 1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 0 PIM

Oscar Hedman, older brother of Lightning d-man Victor Hedman, had a power play assist for Timra in their 4-1 win over Lulea. Lulea faces Linkopings on Tuesday.

European Game Day: 9-30-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 5 @ HIFK 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-2 thumping of HIFK. HIFK features former Lightning draft picks Eero Somervuori and Erikki Rajamaki, who were both scoreless in the match. JYP leaps out of the basement over 3 teams into 11th on the SM-liiga table with the win. They face SaiPa on Tuesday.

KHL (Russia):
Spartak Moscow 2 @ CSKA 1 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

Why do I hate it when 18 year old Russians stay in the KHL rather than coming to North America to develop? This is why. Nikita Kucherov was scoreless and -1 in a sparing 4:59 of ice time in CSKA's 2-1 shootout loss to Spartak. Young players need to play to get better. Period. CSKA faces Novosibirsk next on Sunday. Here's hoping Kucherov actually gets some ice time.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Togliatti Jr. 6 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov. Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-4-8, +10, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was scoreless in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 6-5 shootout loss to Togliatti Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. plays Yaroslavl Jr. next Friday.

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