European Leagues

Karjala Cup: Round 1

11-10-11
Czech Republic 5 @ Sweden 2
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Johan Harju was held scoreless in Sweden's 5-2 blowout loss to the Czech Republic. The Czechs were led by 2 goals by former NHLer Petr Nedved (yes, that Petr Nedved). Ex-Lightning prospect Marek Kvapil was scoreless in the match for the Czechs.

In the other match of the tournament, Russia bested ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo and Finland 2-1 in the shootout on an Alex Radulov conversion. Finland also features ex-Lightning blueliner Janne Niskala. The Russians did not carry Vasily Koshechkin on their roster for the Karjala Cup.

Subway Super Series: Game 3 (11-10-11)

Russia 7 @ OHL All-Stars 10
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM

Vladislav Namestnikov, Russia, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM

In a wild one, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov assisted on a Nikita Gusev goal and Nikita Nesterov added a power play assist, but it was not enough as Russia fell 10-7 to the OHL All-Stars. Ex-Lightning rookie camper Seth Griffith had 1 goal and 3 points for the OHL in the win. The two squads will square off again on Monday.

Subway Super Series: Game 2 (11-9-11)

QMJHL All-Stars 4 @ Russia 5 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Tournament total: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM

Wow. In a series often dominated by the CHL's all-star teams because the Russians send their second and third string juniors, Russia has had a stunning start. Tonight, they defeated the QMJHL All-Stars 5-4 in the shootout to sweep the opening leg of the Subway Superseries. Up next: the OHL All-Stars tomorrow night. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov (pictured) helped lead the way with the game opening goal and a helper on a late goal that fell 15 seconds short of being the winner. He also converted on his lone shootout attempt. For his part, defenseman Nikita Nesterov was also a solid +3 in the match.

Ritola Leaves North America for MODO

TSN's Bob McKenzie is Tweeting forward Mattias Ritola has cleared unconditional waivers and Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting he will be latching on with MODO of the Elitserien. Ritola, who has spent parts of two seasons with the Lightning since being claimed off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, refused assignment to Norfolk of the AHL last week.

Happy trails to you you too, Ritz.

Subway Super Series: Game 1 (11-7-11)

Russia 2 @ QMJHL 0
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament toals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Sergey Kostenko had a 42 save shutout to lead badly outshot Russia over the QMJHL All-Stars 2-0. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov was second on Russia with 3 shots on goal. Russia mustered just 12 attempts on net on losing goaltender Maxime Lagace.

Game 2 is on Wednesday, when Nikita Nesterov may make his first appearance.

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