European Game Results

  • 2 years 50 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland):
    JYP 2 @ TPS 0
    Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 14/14, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Season totals: 17 GP, 11-6-0, 6 SO, 1.47 GAA, .934 sv%

    Well, you don't see one of these every day. Riku Helenius started the game for JYP and stopped all 14 shots he faced before leaving the game at 4:07 of the second period. Backup Joni Myllykoski stopped all 21 shots he faced the rest of the way for the combined shutout. Myllykoski and Helenius ended up being the game's first and third stars, respectively. Officially, the SM-liiga did not award Helenius the win despite his leaving the game with a 1-0 lead. However, on Bolt Prospects, we keep track of goaltenders wins and losses by the North American rules. For those interested, he's 8-6-2 by the Finnish standard, which doesn't award wins for shootout or overtime wins, either. We'll have to see about a potential injury to Helenius. JYP plays KalPa on Thursday.

    KHL (Russia):
    Cherepovets 4 @ Chekhov 1
    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
    Season totals: 22 GP, 11-8-0, 2 SO, 2.57 GAA, .919 sv%

    Vasily Koshechkin did not dress in Cherepovets' 4-1 win over Chekhov. For those wondering, the KHL also scores goaltender's wins and losses like the SM-liiga, so his official KHL record is 9-8-2 and he did not receive official wins for a pair of shootout victories earlier in the season. Cherepovets draws Mytischi on Saturday.

  • 2 years 50 weeks ago

    Preliminary Round
    Slovakia 6 @ Switzerland 4
    Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

    Thanks in part to 4 assists by Red Wings draft pick Tomas Jurco, the Slovakians overcame a pair of 2 goal deficits to beat Switzerland 6-4 and punch their ticket to the medal round. Lightning prospect Adam Janosik was +2 in the match. Slovakia moves on to face Finland in the Quarterfinals on Monday. Switzerland falls into the Relegation bracket against Denmark, also on Monday.

    Canada 3 @ USA 2
    Brett Connolly, Canada, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 4 GP, 4-1-5, +5, 4 PIM

    Canada held off a furious US comeback to scrape by the Americans 3-2. Brett Connolly's first period goal ended up being the game winner. Credit to the already Relegation Round saddled US side for not caving after falling down 3-0 in the first and giving Canada all they could handle. Canada earns a bye to the Semifinals on Tuesday. The US draws Latvia on Tuesday, and I suspect will cut a wide swath of destruction through the loser's bracket.

    Russia 3 @ Sweden 4 (OT)
    Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 4 GP, 1-4-5, +6, 0 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Tournament totals: 4 GP, 1-3-4, +7, 4 PIM

    Whereas a 3 goal third period lead is a death sentence in pro hockey, it's not quite so in junior hockey. Ducks draft pick Max Friberg scored an extra attacker goal to cap a 3 goal third period comeback for the Swedes and Blackhawks draft pick Joakim Nordstrom scored the overtime winner in their thrilling 4-3 win over Russia. Sweden clinches a bye to the Semis with the win. Russia now faces a Quarterfinal match with the Czech Republic on Monday. Lightning prospects Nikita Nesterov and Nikita Kucherov, who were on the ice for Friberg's goal, took their first minuses of the tournament. Swedish coach Roger Ronnberg perhaps deserves considerable credit for a Steve Ludzik-like goalie switch just before the goal to get a cheap timeout after burning his official timeout earlier in the game. It was a blast from the past for older Lightning fans.

  • 2 years 51 weeks ago

    Preliminary Round
    Denmark 2 @ Canada 10
    Brett Connolly, Canada, 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 3-1-4, +4, 4 PIM

    Brett Connolly had a shorthanded goal and an even strength assist as the Canadians punished Denmark for showing up to the building 10-2. Connolly also took an undisciplined third period penalty for cross checking. Canada wraps up their Preliminary Round on Saturday against Team USA.

    Latvia 0 @ Russia 14
    Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-3-3, +5, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-4-5, +7, 0 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 1-2-3, +5, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-3-4, +8, 2 PIM

    If the Canadians set the standard Thursday night for unrelenting butt whippings, the Russians quickly rewrote it in breaking former breakaway republic Latvia 14-0. Nikita Gusev, the longtime line mate of Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov, had 2 goals and 7 points in the match and still wasn't the team's leading scorer. That distinction went to captain Yevgeni Kuznetsov's "Kuznetztrick" stat line of 3-6-9. For their parts, Lightning representatives Nikita Kucherov and Nikita Nesterov contributed a combined 1 goal and 6 points to the rout. Russia finishes their last prelim on Saturday versus Sweden.

  • 2 years 51 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland)
    Assat 2 @ JYP 4
    Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 24/26, 2.00 GAA, ?923 sv %
    Season totals: 16 GP, 10-6-0, 6 SO, 1.51 GAA, .931 sv %

    Despite Assat goals by ex-Lightning prospects Kristian Kudroc and Radek Smolenak, Riku Helenius and JYP emerged with a 4-2 win. JYP draws TPS on 1/3.

  • 2 years 51 weeks ago

    Preliminary Round
    Canada 5 @ Czech Republic 0
    Brett Connolly, Canada, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM

    Brett Connolly scored the nail-in-coffin third goal for Canada late in the second period in their 5-0 win over Czech Republic. The goal showed some absolutely lethal stickhandling moves by Connolly, beating multiple defenders and the netminder on a joy ride through a crowded slot area. It was a man against boys moment. The forward also took a minor for interference in the match. Jets first rounder Mark Scheifele had a pair of goals in the win for the Canadians. Canada draws Denmark on Thursday. Lord have mercy on the Danes souls, because the Czechs made the Canadians work for it today, and they're bound to be grumpy.

    Russia 3 @ Slovakia 1
    Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM

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

    Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    It took a Nikita Kucherov insurance marker late in the third period for the Russians to finally put away a spunky Slovakian squad 3-1. Fellow Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov had a secondary assist on the goal. Kucherov was second on Team Russia with 5 shots behind Yevgeni Kuznetsov's impressive 9 bids on net. Russia draws Latvia on Thursday. The same grumpiness likely will apply to Team Russia. Slovakia gets Sweden on Friday.

  • 2 years 51 weeks ago

    Elitserien (Sweden):
    Farjestads 3 @ Lulea 5
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 33 GP, 11-6-17, +7, 10 PIM

    Ex-Cornell forward Chris Abbott had 1 goal and 3 points to lead Lulea to a 5-3 win over Farjestads. Lulea draws Djurgardens on Friday.

  • 2 years 51 weeks ago

    SM-liiga (Finland):
    SaiPa 2 @ JYP 3 (OT)
    Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
    Season totals: 15 GP, 9-6-0, 6 SO, 1.47 GAA, .932 sv%

    Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had 1 goal and 1 assist, including the helper on the overtime winner, to lead JYP to a 3-2 win over SaiPa. JYP draws Assat next on Thursday.

    KHL (Russia):
    Cherepovets 3 @ Spartak Moscow 2
    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 26/28, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%
    Season totals: 22 GP, 11-8-0, 2 SO, 2.57 GAA, .919 sv%

    Despite a goal by ex-Flyer Stefan Rucizka with 7 seconds left in regulation, Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets held off Spartak Moscow 3-2. Cherepovets is now off until next Tuesday.

  • 2 years 51 weeks ago

    Preliminary Round
    Finland 1 @ Canada 8
    Brett Connolly, Canada, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM

    Senators prospect Mark Stone had a hat trick and Panthers prospect Jonathan Huberdeau had 1 goal and 5 points in Canada's 8-1 slaughter of Finland. Lightning prospect Brett Connolly also had a goal in the contest, and was named an assistant captain for the Canadians. Canada draws Czech Republic next on Wednesday.

    Switzerland 0 @ Russia 3
    Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

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

    Russian netminder Andrei Vasilevski weathered 40 shots for the shootout victory in Russia's 3-0 win over Switzerland. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov assisted on the Russian's final goal, an insurance marker by Mikhail Grigorienko late in the second period. For his part, fellow Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov (pictured) continued the theme of his season going +2. No one collects pluses quite like Nikita Nesterov. He also took a minor for interference early in the third period. Russia faces Slovakia next on Wednesday.

  • 2 years 51 weeks ago

    Elitserien (Sweden):
    MODO 2 @ Lulea 3 (OT)
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season totals: 32 GP, 11-6-17, +6, 10 PIM

    Johan Harju switched numbers from 90 to 8 today and got immediate dividends with a goal in Lulea's 3-2 OT win over MODO. MODO got an assist from former Lightning forward Mattias Ritola in the loss. Lulea draws Farjestads on Wednesday.

  • 2 years 51 weeks ago

    KHL (Russia):
    Cherepovets 1 @ Khanty-Mansiysk 0 (SO)
    Vasily Koshechkin, Win, 33/33, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Season totals: 21 GP, 10-8-0, 2 SO, 2.60 GAA, .919 sv%

    It's a Christmas miracle! Vasily Koshechkin got off the bench and promptly pulled off the rare shootout shutout win stopping 33 shots and both shooters he faced in Cherepovets' 1-0 win over Khanty-Mansiysk. Koshechkin has spent most of the last month in the backup role behind Vadim Tarasov. Cherepovets will draw Spartak Moscow next on Tuesday.

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