St. Petersburg 1 vs. Ekaterinburg 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 14-27-41, +29, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev had SKA's lone goal, a power play marker, in their 2-1 loss to Ekaterinburg. It was just the second regulation loss in 32 games this season for St. Petersburg. Gusev played 17:21 in the match. His 41 points are now 3 off the pace of the league leaders Sergei Mozyakin of Magnitogorsk and teammate Ilya Kovalchuk.
St. Petersburg 9 vs. Astana 0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-4-5, +4, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 13-27-40, +30, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev had an even strength goal and four helpers, two of which came with the man advantage, as SKA destroyed Barys Astana 9-0. Gusev, amazingly, played just 12:50 in the match. He is still third in the KHL in scoring, but is now just 3 points back of Sergei Mozyakin and Ilya Kovalchuk for the top spot and is tied with ex-Oilers pick Linus Omark for first in the league in helpers. Gusev's linemate, ex-Pather Evgeny Dadonov, had the big game for SKA with 4 goals and 5 points in the win. Just as a reminder, 31 games into the season, St. Petersburg has just one loss in regulation thus far. One.
Yaroslavl 1 vs. St. Petersburg 7
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 12-23-35, +26, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev had an even strength goal and helper in SKA's 7-1 win over Yaroslavl. He played just 12:36 in the match. Gusev's linemate Vadim Shipachyov led the way for SKA with 2 goals and 4 points in the win.
Podolsk 0 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 11-22-33, +23, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a Third Period garbage time goal in SKA's 4-0 win over Podolsk. He played 17:12 in the victory, and remains in third in the KHL in scoring. Rangers draft pick Igor Shestyorkin stopped all 20 shots he faced for the shutout.
Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. St. Petersburg 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 10-22-32, +22, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev had secondary assists at even strength and on the power play in SKA's 3-2 win over Dynamo Moscow. He played 14:05 in the win. Linemate Vadim Shipachyov had assists in triplicate in the match. Of SKA's 28 matches so far this season, they have only lost in regulation once. Once!
Czech Republic 0 vs. Russia 3
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and an even strength helper in Russia's 3-0 shutout win over Czech Republic to clinch the Karjala Tournament with a 3-0-0 record. Gusev finished tied for 3rd in tournament scoring with 2 goals and 4 points. Goaltender Ilya Sorokin, an Islanders draft pick, stopped all 32 shots he faced for the shutout.
Sweden 2 vs. Russia 3
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on an Alexander Barbanov goal in Russia's 3-2 win over Sweden. He also took a minor for hooking in the contest. Russia concludes the tournament tomorrow against Czech Republic, which is also 2-0-0 in the tournament thus far.
Russia 5 vs. Finland 1
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev potted an empty net goal in Russia's 5-1 win over Finland. Russia scored 4 goals in the game's final frame to pull away from the host nation. Ex-Stars first rounder Valery Nichushkin had 3 helpers in the win for the Russians.
St. Petersburg 6 vs. Zagreb 0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 10-20-30, +21, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a Third Period garbage time assist in SKA's 6-0 throttling of Zagreb. Gusev played 15:32 in the win. SKA goaltender Igor Shestyorkin turned aside all 20 shots he faced for the shutout. Gusev's 20 assists are tied with 3 others for the top spot in the KHL in helpers and he is now 5th in the league in plus-minus, as well.
St. Petersburg 6 vs. Bratislava 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 10-19-29, +20, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev's mini slump died hard today beneath an avalanche of points in SKA's 6-1 drubbing of Slovan Bratislava. The young forward a power play helper on the game opening goal and a goal and an assist at even strength the rest of the way in a total of 15:24 of ice time. Linemates Evgeny Dadonov (1-2-3) and Vadim Shipachyov (0-4-4) also enjoyed multi-point games. Gusev moved back to 3rd in the KHL in scoring with the outburst. SKA won its 10th straight game and sits in first place in the Western Conference.