Gusev, Nikita

KHL Game Day: 9-10-14

Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Zagreb 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 31/31, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 1 SO, 1.26 GAA, .953 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin posted his first shutout of the season as Magnitogorsk smashed Zagreb 6-0. Ex-Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Metallurg.

Kazan 4 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Jaroslav Janus rode the pine again behind starter Johan Backlund in Slovan's 4-3 loss to Ak Bars Kazan. Ex-Thrashers first rounder Alexander Burmistrov assisted on the game winner for Kazan.

Cherepovets 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was held off the scoresheet for the first time this season in Yugra's 4-2 loss to Severstal Cherepovets. The young forward played 14:30 in the match. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil scored the insurance marker in the match for Cherepovets.

Elsewhere, Mytischi defeated Ekaterinburg 4-3 in the shootout with Dmitry Korobov still out nursing a hand injury.

KHL Game Day: 9-8-14

Ekaterinburg 1 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Veteran forward Tomas Netik had 1 goal and 1 assist for Bratislava in their 3-1 lead of Ekaterinburg. Jaroslav Janus again sat backup to Johan Backlund in the win.

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Mytischi 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 21/22, 1.01 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 1.69 GAA, .933 sv%

Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Magnitogorsk to a 4-1 smashing of Mytischi. Defenseman Dmitry Korobov of Mytischi is expected to miss the first month of the season with a hand injury and did not dress.

CSKA 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal in Yugra's failed comeback bid to erase a 3 goal Third Period deficit, as they fell 4-3 to CSKA. Gusev has point in each of his first 3 games this season. Ex-Wings pick Jan Mursak led the way for CSKA with a hat trick.

KHL Game Day: 9-6-14

Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Bratislava 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 16/19, 3.09 GAA, .842 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 2.03 GAA, .925 sv%

Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy's power play goal broke a 2-2 tie to lift Slovan Bratislava to a 3-2 win over defending champion Magnitogorsk. Jaroslav Janus again sat backup to Johan Backlund in the victory.

Kazan 1 vs. Mytischi 4
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy had a goal in Mytischi's 4-1 win over Kazan. Dmitry Korobov did not dress for the match. He took a puck to the hand in a preseason game and is out for at least a month.

Novgorod 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play helper in Yugra's 3-1 win over Novgorod. Ex-Canadiens second rounder Ben Maxwell led the way for Novgorod with 1 goal and 1 assist. The Kazionov brothers, united in Novgorod, were both scoreless in the match.

KHL Game Day: 9-4-14

Togliatti 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 5
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev's goal early in the third period helped Khanty-Mansiysk open up a 2 goal lead as they cruised to a 5-2 win over Lada Togliatti. Gusev played 17:19 in the match and also took a minor for slashing.

Bratislava 5 vs. Zagreb 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bartislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Jaroslav Janus sat backup to former Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund in Slovan's 5-2 thumping of Zagreb. Ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy led the way with a hat trick for Bratislava while former Lightning prospect Michel Sersen also chipped in a goal.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-19-14

Nadezhda Cup
Omsk 5 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansisysk, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Regular season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 3-3-6, -3, 0 PIM

Happy trails to Nikita Gusev and Yugra, who dropped the fourth and final game of their second round Nadezhda Cup matchup with Omsk 5-1. Gusev played 16:02 in the match and had a power play assist on his club's only goal. Omsk got a hat trick from former Montreal forward Sergei Kostitsyn as well as 1 goal and 3 points from former Flyers draft pick Stefan Ruzicka in victory.

Despite his team's setback, Gusev can feel good about a fine final couple of months in KHL regular season and in the Nadezhda Cup after playing very sparingly the first 2/3 of the season. His point a game pace in this year's Nadezhda Cup bested his production in last year's Nadezhda Cup with Khabarovsk (5 points) in half the games. Recall, Gusev played much of his junior hockey in CSKA's organization and with Team Russia on a line with current Lightning rookie forward Nikita Kucherov. The end of Gusev's year gives us some optimism he may be able to continue to develop and one day play again with Kucherov in the NHL.

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