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European Game Day: 9-22-12

First, an update from the game on 9/20, when Cherepovets defeated Novokuznetsk. Vasily Koshechkin turned away 21 of 24 in the match for the victory. The victory was Vasily's 2nd of the season and he rolled his record to 2-3-1 this year. The KHL had not updated the box score for the game until today.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Brynas 3 vs. Linkopings 1
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM

Ex-Lightning goaltender Johan Holmqvist stopped 23 of 24 shots to lead Brynas to a 3-1 win over Linkopings. Brynas faces MODO on Tuesday.

KHL (Russia):
Khabarovsk 1 vs. Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 40/41, 1.00 GAA, .976 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-3-1, 0 SO, 2.23 GAA, .931 sv%

Despite being outshot 41-33, Vasily Koshechkin (pictured) stopped 40 shots to deliver Cherepovets to a 3-1 win over Khabarovsk. Ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov scored the opening goal of the match for Cherepovets, his first of the season. Cherepovets faces Novosibirsk on Monday.

Nizhnekamsk 1 vs. Chelyabinsk 3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was -1 in 10:45 in Chelyabinsk's 3-1 win over Nizhnekamsk. Ex-Lightning forward Martin Cibak had a helper on Nizhnekamsk's lone goal. Chelyabinsk faces Ufa on Monday.

CSKA 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 5:50 in CSKA's 4-2 thumping of Yugra. Ex-NHLer Alexander Radulov had a hat trick in the win for CSKA. They'll face Omsk next on Monday.

Bratislava 4 vs. Omsk 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 19/21, 2.00 GAA, .905 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-1-1, 1 SO, 1.78 GAA,.936 sv%

Jaroslav Janus got a goal and an assist from ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan in Slovan's 4-2 victory over Omsk. Ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo did not play in the match for Omsk. Bratislava faces Astana on Monday.

European Game Day: 9-19-12

Elitserien (Sweden):
AIK 3 vs. Brynas 4 (OT)
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM

Despite a season high 4 shots on goal, Johan Harju was scoreless in Brynas' 4-3 overtime winner for AIK. The power forward played on Brynas' second line in the match. Brynas draws Linkopings next on Saturday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Nizhnekamsk Jr. 0 vs. Ufa Jr. 5
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, SO, 18/18, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 7-0-0, 1 SO, 1.43 GAA, .952 sv%

If all you manage is 18 shots on goal against Andrei Vasilevski, you probably have no prayer. Nizhnekamsk Jr. learned that lesson the hard way, as they were shutout by Ufa Jr. and the Lightning first rounder 5-0. Vasilevski improves to a lucky 7-0-0 on the season. The two teams rematch on Thursday.

European Game Day: 9-15-12

Elitserien (Sweden):
HV 71 2 vs. Brynas 1 (OT)
Johan Harju, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM

Johan Harju was scoreless and took a minor for interference for Brynas in their 2-1 overtime loss to HV 71. Ex-Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist stopped 23 shots in defeat for Brynas. Brynas faces AIK next on Wednesday.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 2 vs. Praha 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, SO Loss, 26/28, 1.85 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-3-1, 0 SO, 2.31 GAA, .928 sv%

Despite a pair of helpers from former NHLer Niklas Bergfors, Cherepovets fell in the shootout 3-2 to Lev Praha. Cherepovets goaltender Vasily Koshechkin went 2 out of 3 in the penalty shot session for the loss. Cherepovets is off until Thursday when they'll play Novokuznetsk.

Chekhov 0 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, SO, 23/23, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-1, 1 SO, 1.68 GAA, .935 sv%

Jaroslav Janus (pictured) recorded his first career KHL shutout, stopping 23 in Bratislava's 3-0 blanking of Chekhov. Ex-Lightning defenseman Josef Boumedienne had a helper in the match. Slovan faces St. Petersburg next on Monday.

Dynamo Minsk 3 vs. CSKA 1
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless and -1 in 8:49 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 loss to Minsk. CSKA faces Chekhov on Monday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Ufa Jr. 3 vs. Chelyabinsk Jr. 2
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 27/29, 2.00 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 6-0-0, 0 SO, 1.67 GAA, .948 sv%

Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Death, taxes, Vasilevski. Nikita Nesterov was again out of the lineup for Chelyabinsk Jr. They'll face Orenburg on Monday while Ufa Jr. draws Berdsk on Wednesday.

European Game Day: 9-13-12

Elitserien (Sweden):
Brynas 2 vs. Vaxjo 1 (SO)
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM

Johan Harju assisted on Jorgen Sundqvist's opening goal 31 seconds into the First Period and took a minor for high-sticking in his debut for his new club, Brynas. But, it wasn't until Andreas Thuresson beat ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena in the penalty shootout session that Brynas claimed a 2-1 win over Vaxjo Lakers. Brynas faces HV 71 on Saturday.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 1 vs. CSKA 2 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, OT Loss, 37/39, 1.86 GAA, .949 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-3-0, 0 SO, 2.43 GAA, .928 sv%

Nikita Gusev, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Igor Radulov scored a power play goal off a feed from brother Alexander Radulov 4:40 into overtime to lift CSKA to a 2-1 win over Cherepovets. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev did not play in the match. Cherepovets gets Praha on Saturday while CSKA gets Dynamo Minsk.

Dynamo Minsk 4 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 26/30, 4.01 GAA, .867 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-1, 0 SO, 2.21 GAA, .917 sv%

Ex-Devils draft pick Teemu Laine had 2 goals and 1 assist to lead Minsk to a 4-3 win over Slovan Bratislava. Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus was handed his first regulation defeat of the season. Bratislava faces Chekhov on Saturday.

2012 IIHF World Championships: Day One

USA 7 @ France 2
Nate Thompson was scoreless in 10:40 in Team USA's 7-2 pasting of France. The Alaska native has been named one of USA's assistant captains for the tournament. Islander forward Kyle Okposo led the way with a pair of goals for the Americans. USA draws Canada on Saturday.

Canada 3 @ Slovakia 2
Teddy Purcell assisted on Andrew Ladd's eventual game winning goal in Canada's 3-2 opening game victory over Slovakia. Purcell played 12:19 in the match and was +1 with 2 shots on goal. Canada draws Team USA on Saturday.

Sweden 3 @ Norway 1
Victor Hedman had a pair of minor penalties for holding in 23:49 of ice time in Sweden's 3-1 win over Norway. Hedman finished second on the club in ice time behind Ottawa defender Erik Karlsson, who played 24:13 in the match. Lightning overage prospect Johan Harju did not make Team Sweden's final roster with the late additions of forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Marcus Kruger from the Senators and Blackhawks. Sweden draws the Czech Republic on Saturday.

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