Western Conference Quarterfinals
(2)St. Petersburg 3 vs. (7)Podolsk 1
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev scored the eventual game winner in St. Petersburg's 3-1 Game One win over Vityaz Podolsk. Gusev played 15:40 in the victory. Gusev's linemate Evgeny Dadonov led all scorers with 1 goal and 1 assist.
St. Petersburg 4 vs. Novgorod 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 17:03 of ice time as SKA defeated Novgorod 4-2 in their KHL regular season finale. Gusev finishes the campaign 4th in the KHL in scoring, 3rd in assists, and tied with several others at 2nd in plus-minus. SKA ended up being narrowly edged by CSKA for the top seed in the Western Conference on the regulation wins tiebreaker after both clubs finished with 137 points (25 points clear of third place Dynamo Moscow). SKA will draw 7th seeded Vityaz Podolsk in the opening round of the playoffs.
St. Petersburg 6 vs. Sochi 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 56 GP, 24-47-71, +34, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev had the game opening goal and a pair of helpers, including one on the power play, as SKA dismantled HC Sochi 6-2. Gusev played 15:22 in the match and is now 4th in the KHL in scoring, 3rd in assists, and tied with three other SKA teammates for the league lead in plus-minus. SKA is tied with CSKA at 134 points atop the Western Conference table.
St. Petersburg 2 vs. Spartak Moscow 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 23-45-68, +30, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 17:31 of ice time in SKA's 4-2 loss to Spartak Moscow. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal in defeat for SKA.
Magnitogorsk 5 vs. St. Petersburg 4 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 23-45-68, +30, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a power play helper and scored in 2 of his 3 attempts in the Shootout, but SKA still fell 5-4 to Magnitogorsk. Gusev played 16:44 in the match. Magnitogorsk goaltender and ex-Lightning pick Vasily Koshechkin stopped 44 of 48 in the match, but left the Shootout after Gusev scored on its first attempt. Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov backstopped the rest of the Shootout and eventually sealed the win by stopping living legend Pavel Datsyuk on SKA's 7th round.
Ufa 1 vs. St. Petersburg 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 53 GP, 23-44-67, +31, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on one of Vadim Shipachyov's three goals in SKA's 3-1 victory over Ufa. Gusev played 18:30 in the victory. He is now 4th in the KHL in scoring, tied for 3rd in assists, and tied for 3rd in plus-minus.
St. Petersburg 5 vs. Chelyabinsk 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 23-43-66, +29, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a goal and an assist, each coming on the power play, in SKA's 5-3 win over Traktor Chelyabinsk. He played 18:36 in the victory. SKA built a 5-0 lead in the contest before surrendering 3 garbage time goals in the Third Period to make the final score line look a little less lopsided. 55 games into their season, SKA holds a 2 point lead over CSKA for the top spot in the KHL Western Conference.
Novgorod 4 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 22-42-64, +31, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev was -2 in 17:34 of ice time in SKA's rare 4-2 regulation loss to Novgorod. Novgorod got a helper from ex-Lightning first rounder Carter Ashton in the victory.
Spartak Moscow 1 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 22-42-64, +33, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 17:59 of ice time as SKA edged Spartak 2-1. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk scored the Third Period game winner for SKA.
St. Petersburg 3 vs. Jokerit 5
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 21-41-62, +33, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a helper on Ilya Kovalchuk's game opening power play goal in SKA's 5-3 loss to Jokerit Helsinki. The forward played 15:35 in the extremely rare regulation loss for his club. Kovalchuk finished with a pair of goals in the defeat.