European Leagues

European Game Day: 11-1-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Ilves 0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, SO, 15/15, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 5-4-0, 4 SO, 1.46 GAA, .937 sv%

No way. Riku Helenius posted his third straight shutout in JYP's 4-0 thumping of Ilves Tampere. I could not make this up if I tried. Helenius earned second star honors for his effort. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin was the game's first star with 2 helpers in the game. Helenius and JYP get the Lahti Pelicans, Karri Ramo's first club, on Friday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 @ Tyumen 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 6-8-14, +10, 18 PIM

Nikita Nesterov on a third period power play goal that was an insurance marker in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 3-1 win over Tyumen. The Baby Polar Bears draw Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. on Thursday.

Nikita Kucherov's CSKA Jr. will face Spartak Jr. on Wednesday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ Farjestads 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 7-3-10, +2, 8 PIM

Johan Harju's mini scoring streak came to an end in Lulea's 2-1 loss to Farjestads. Ex-Devils draft pick Christian Berglund scored the third period winner for Farjestads. Lulea draws Linkopings on Thursday.

KHL Game Day: 10-31-11

KHL (Russia):
Chekhov 6 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, ND, 10/14, 11.42 GAA, .714 sv%
Season totals: 14 GP, 7-5-0, 1 SO, 2.63 GAA, .919 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin was lifted early in the second period after allowing Chekhov to amass a 4-0 lead in Cherepovets' 6-4 loss. Backup Roman Smiryagin took the backdoor loss in relief. The living legend, Nick Tarnasky, had a helper on Chekhov's opening goal.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 4 @ Tyumen 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-7-13, +9, 18 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 4-1 win over Tyumen.

European Game Day: 10-29-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 2 @ Assat 0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, SO, 36/36, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-4-0, 3 SO, 1.65 GAA, .932 sv%

Holy smokes! Don't call it a comeback, Riku's been here for years. The former first rounder (pictured) notched his second shutout in back to back days as JYP beat Pori Assat 2-0. He earned first star honors in the victory. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper on the first period goal by Jani Tuppurainen, which turned out to be the game winner. Helenius and JYP face Ilves on Tuesday, and have climbed above the line to the all important 6th position on the SM-liiga table, which gives teams a bye in the opening round of the playoffs.

KHL (Russia):
CSKA 3 @ Cherepovets 2 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, OTL, 25/28, 2.86 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 7-5-0, 1 SO, 2.38 GAA, .926 sv%

Defenseman Mikhail Pashnin scored a game winning goal in overtime to lead CSKA to a 3-2 win over Cherepovets. Cherepovets gets Chekhov on Monday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Skelleftea 0 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 7-3-10, +3, 8 PIM

Johan Harju had a first period goal that turned out to be the winner in Lulea's 2-0 shutout of Skelleftea. Wild draft pick Johan Gustafsson stopped all 26 shots he faced for Lulea. Next up is Farjestads on Tuesday.

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.

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