Gusev, Nikita

KHL Game Day: 9-6-13

Prospect season returns...

Novgorod 2 vs. Ufa 3 (SO)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Ex-Flyer Stefan Ruczika had 1 goal and 1 assist for Ufa in their 3-2 shootout win over Novgorod.

Dynamo Moscow 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 26/29, 3.06 GAA, .897 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.06 GAA, .897 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin dropped the season-opening loss of his second stint with perennial Russian power Magnitogorsk. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil had a helper on Dynamo's 3rd goal. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov had 4 penalty minutes in the loss for Magnitogorsk. This season will mark the second straight Koshechkin will play with a Kazionov brother. The younger, Denis, played with Koshechkin for Cherepovets last year.

Donetsk 4 vs. Bratislava 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 31/34, 3.02 GAA, .912 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.02 GAA, .912 sv%

Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen was -2 in Bratislava's 4-2 loss to Donetsk. Bratislava's blueline also continues to feature former Lightning first rounder Vladimir Mihalik, who was even in the match.

Zagreb 7 vs. CSKA 1
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Somehow, Nikita Gusev has found his way back into the CSKA organization where the forward did not play in their 7-1 loss to Zagreb. The forward had been traded from CSKA to Khabarovsk last season for a 1st round draft pick. Zagreb got 2 goals from ex-NHLer Jonathan Cheechoo and 2 goals and 2 assists from ex-Springfield Falcon Ryan Vesce in their KHL premier.

Elsewhere, Denis Kazionov had a helper for Omsk as they were flattened 5-1 by SKA St. Petersburg.

2013 Development Camp: Day 1

On the heels of a national holiday, 32 prospects--most drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, others signed as free agents and a handful of invitees--gathered on the ice Saturday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon to begin several days of on-ice and off-ice conditioning as well as instruction in organizational values and the culture of professional hockey for both returning and first-time participants.

"Let's call this what it is: summer hockey," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper told assembled media. "Part of what [the players] get out of this camp is the chance to get to know myself, Rob Zettler, the staff. Getting to know expectations and being a pro."

"A lot of these kids are coming from juniors programs, college, all these different walks of life, but here at the Tampa Bay Lightning we've got a certain code of conduct," Cooper noted. "This is where it starts."

Having concluded fitness testing and physicals, players hit the ice and rounded out their day with an hour-long practice spent completing basic drills as well as a forty-five minute power skating session.

"The first day is always kind of a feel out day," Cooper said. "Some of these guys, I'm sure, have been skating and some haven't been."

Keeping in mind that the 3-on-3 tournament scheduled to begin Tuesday and wrap-up on Wednesday, the final day of camp, will provide better opportunities to gauge player abilities and hockey sense, here are some brief and selected observations:

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-23-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference Finals
(1)Kazan 2 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 1 (OT)
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-NHLer Alexei Morozov had a pair of assists, including on the game winning goal 4:16 into Overtime as Kazan defeated Chelyabinsk 2-1 in Game One of their KHL Eastern Conference Finals series. Caps first rounder Evgeny Kuznetsov scored Traktor's lone goal. Kazan outshot Chelyabinsk 47-24 in the match. Game Two is Sunday.

Meanwhile, in the Western Conference, Dynamo Moscow has jumped out to a 2-0 lead in their series against St. Petersburg.

In the Nadezhda Cup, Khabarovsk's Nikita Gusev finished with 1 goal and 5 points in 12 games to go with a -2 rating and 6 penalty minutes. The Nadezhda Cup is played between teams that fail to make the KHL postseason.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-13-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(5)Ufa 3 vs. (1)Kazan 5
Series Tied 2-2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen had a hat trick in Kazan's 5-3 Game Four win over Ufa to tie the series at 2-2. Ex-Penguin Alexei Morozov chipped in a pair of assists in the victory. Game Five is Saturday.

(3)Chelyabinsk 1 vs. (2)Omsk 3
Chelyabinsk Leads the Series 3-1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo stopped 14 of 15 shots against to help Omsk stave off elimination in their 3-1 Game Four win over Traktor Chelyabinsk. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov had Traktor's only goal. Game Five is on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Amur Khabarovsk are competing with the other KHL sides that missed the Gagarin Cup playoffs in the Nadezhda Cup. In 8 games so far, Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev has 1 goal, 3 assist, and 4 points with an even rating and 4 penalty minutes.

KHL Game Day: 2-17-13

The end of the regular season...

KHL (Russia):
Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Chelyabinsk 4
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

On the final day of the regular season, Nikita Nesterov snapped his season long scoreless drought with a helper on a Yegor Dugin goal in Chelyabinsk's 4-1 win over Magnitogorsk. The defenseman played 14:17 in the match. Caps first rounger Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 19th goal of the season in the win.

Novgorod 3 vs. Kabarovsk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khavarovsk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 24 GP, 4-8-12, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 30 GP, 4-9-13, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev capped off his season the right way scoring a Second Period even strength goal in 14:00 of ice time in Khabarovsk's 3-2 loss to Novgorod. The goal put Gusev at a half a point a game since his trade to Amur, and he averaged a decent 12:53 of ice time a game for the team.

Cherepovets 3 vs. Nizhnekamsk 4 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, OT Loss, 27/31, 4.00 GAA, .871 sv%
Season totals: 51 GP, 28-20-3, 8 SO, 2.13 GAA, .923 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin, who was named the KHL's Player of the Month for January, dropped his final start of the season 4-3 in overtime to Nizhnekamsk. Koshechkin ends the season with the most shutouts in the KHL at 8. Teammate Denis Kazionov, a former Lightning draft pick, was scoreless in the match and finished with 14 goals and 22 points in 45 games this season.

Dinamo Minsk 2 vs. Ufa 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 32/34, 2.00 GAA, .941 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy capped his regular season by stopping 32 shots in a 3-2 victory over Dinamo Minsk. Ex-Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala had 1 goal and 1 assist for Minsk in defeat.

Dinamo Riga 3 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 16/19, 3.00 GAA, .842 sv%
Season totals: 47 GP, 26-17-4, 5 SO, 2.17 GAA, .928 sv%

Jaroslav Janus completed his superb rookie regular season in the KHL with a 3-1 loss to Dinamo Riga. Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen had Slovan's only goal in the loss. Ex-Lightning forward and Riga captain Martins Karsums scored the game winning goal for Dinamo.

The playoffs begin Wednesday, with only Gusev's Khabarovsk failing to qualify for the postseason among teams with Lightning prospects. In the Western Conference, Koshechkin and 5th seeded Cherepovets will square off with 4th seeded Yaroslavl Lokomotiv to start the playoffs. Janus and 6th seeded Bratislava draw 3rd seed Dynamo Moscow. In the Eastern Conference, Nesterov and 3rd seeded Trakot Chelyabinsk will get 6th seed Barys Astana. 5th seed Ufa and Andrey Vasilevskiy draw 4th seed Magnitogorsk.

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