Gusev, Nikita

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.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-18-14

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(4)Ufa 2 vs. (5)Novgorod 1
Ufa Wins the Series 4-3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 34/35, 1.00 GAA, .971 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 4-3-0, 0 SO, 1.95 GAA, .934 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy helped burnish his credentials as a big game goaltender, turning aside 34 shots to help Ufa overcome a 35-21 shot disparity in the team's Game Seven, 2-1, opening round triumph over Novgorod. Ufa built a 2-0 lead in the contest thanks in part to a goal by former Senators second rounder Igor Mirnov and held on for the 2-1 win. Defenseman Sergei Bernatsky had Novgorod's lone goal.

The 4 seed Ufa moves on to face 2nd seeded Barys Astana in the Eastern Conference Semifinals round starting Friday.

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

Ouch. Trailing by 2 goals in aggregate coming into the game, Omsk took a 2-1 series lead and a 4 goal lead in aggregate by pummeling Yugra 8-2. The two teams will square off again tomorrow in the final game of their second round set, but Yugra will have to win by a staggering 5 goals to move on in the Nadezhda Cup on aggregate. Good luck. Valiantly, Nikita Gusev had a multi-point effort in 15:57 of ice time in defeat. Omsk got a hat trick from former Flyers draft pick Stefan Ruzicka and 4 helpers from former Montreal Canadien Sergei Kostitsyn in the win.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-15-14

Nadezhda Cup
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Omsk 4
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Regular season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:11 of ice time as Omsk took the second game of their second round Nadezhda Cup series against Yugra. Ex-Canucks draft pick Sergei Shirokov had a goal in the win for Omsk.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-14-14

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(1)Magnitogorsk 4 vs. (8)Vladivostok 3 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 37/40, 2.85 GAA, .925 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 4-1-0, 0 SO, 2.03 GAA, .927 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin scored 3:15 into Overtime to deliver Magnitogorsk a 4-3 Game Five victory and eliminate expansion Vladivostok for the KHL playoffs. Mozyakin's goal punctuated the 3 assists he posted in regulation.

(4)Ufa 4 vs. (5)Novgorod 2
Ufa Leads the Series 3-2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 27/29, 2.00 GAA, .931 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0, 0 SO, 1.54 GAA, .947 sv%

Remember when Ufa was down 2-0 in the series and it took an amazing pad save in Double Overtime of Game Three by Lightning prospect Andrey Vasilevskiy on Novgorod's Jarkko Immonen just to keep them from the brink of elimination? That save may well have been the turning point of the opening round series, as Ufa has screamed back to a 3-2 series lead on the strength of their 4-2 Game Five win today. Center Denis Khlystov had 3 assists in the win for Ufa while Novgorod's Sakari Salminen had 1 goal and 1 assist for Novgorod in defeat.

Nadezhda Cup
Khanty-Mansiysk 5 vs. Omsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Regular season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM

Yugra laid the wood to Avangard Omsk in the opener of their second round Nadezhda Cup matchup, defeating the KHL power 5-1. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev played 14:14 in the match and Yugra also got a helper from former Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak in the win.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-11-14

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(8)Vladivostok 4 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 3 (2OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 29/33, 2.82 GAA, .879 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 2.35 GAA, .916 sv%

Former Senators fourth rounder Ilya Zubov scored 5:04 into Double Overtime to deliver Vladivostok their first ever playoff win, 4-3 over Magnitogorsk. Zubov ended up with 2 goals overall in the match.

(5)Novgorod 1 vs. (4)Ufa 2 (3OT)
Novgorod Leads the Series 2-1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 52/53, 0.53 GAA, .981 sv%
Regular Season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 1.30 GAA, .949 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy and Ufa outlasted Novgorod 2-1 in a 113:24 thriller to draw their first win of their opening round series against Novgorod. The young netminder turned aside 52 shots for the win. Ex-Senators second rounder Igor Mirnov had Ufa's first goal while Russian league veteran Alexander Stepanov drew potted the winning goal. Vasilevskiy has played well in his rookie campaign as a KHL playoff starter, allowing just 5 goals in 3 games.

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

Nikita Gusev was -1 in 15:28 in Yugra's 1-1 tie with Amur Khabarovsk. Yugra wins their Qualification Round matchup over Khabarovsk by going 1-0-1, and will move on to face Omsk in the next round of the "best of the worst" postseason tournament of KHL teams that have failed to make the playoffs.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-8-14

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(1)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (8)Vladivostok 1
Magnitgorsk Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 26/27, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%

Metallurg Magnitogorsk scored 3 unanswered goals, 2 by Czech board forward Jan Kovar, to pull away from Admiral Vladivostok for a 3-1 Game One victory. Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had a pair of assists in the win.

(4)Ufa 1 vs. (5)Novgorod 3
Novogord Leads the Series 1-0
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 25/28, 3.08 GAA, .893 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.08 GAA, .893 sv%

Ex-Blues draft pick Evgeny Skachkov had 1 goal and 2 assists to propel Novgorod to a 3-1 Game One victory over Ufa. Ufa's lone goal came from ex-Senators second rounder Igor Mirnov.

Nadezhda Cup
Khabarovsk 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 4
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Regular season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev followed up on a hot finish to his KHL regular season with an even strength goal and a power play assist as Yugra doubled-up Amur Khabarovsk 4-2. The Lightning prospect played 14:43 in the match. Yugra also got a helper in the game from former Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak.

KHL Game Day: 3-4-14

Last day of the KHL regular season!

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Novgorod 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%

And on the final day, Vasily rested. Koshechkin sat backup in Magnitogorsk's 4-2 win over Novgorod. Ex-Columbus pick Sergei Mozyakin led the way with 2 goals and 3 points.

Ufa 3 vs. Podolsk 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 23/25, 2.00 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy finished up his rookie season of KHL hockey right turning aside 23 shots in Ufa's 3-2 win over Podolsk. Ex-NHLer Ivan Vishnevsky had the eventual game winner for Ufa.

St. Petersburg 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 8-6-14, -6, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev capped his first full season at the KHL level with a game winning, power play goal to lift Yugra to a 2-1 upset win over SKA St. Petersburg. Gusev played 11:24 in the match. He finishes the regular season with 8 goals after averaging just 9:58 of ice time in 44 games.

Bratislava 2 vs. Zagreb 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, 29/32, 3.01 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 41 GP, 15-18-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%

Jaroslav Janus' season ended with a whimper as Slovan fell 3-2 to Zagreb. Ex-NHLer Jonathan Cheechoo assisted on the game-winning goal just 13 seconds into the final period of the match. It was Cheechoo's second helper of the game. Ex-Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster also scored for Zagreb.

Here's how the KHL playoffs shape up for the Lightning's prospects:

In the Western Conference, Slovan Bratislava (Jaroslav Janus) finished 11th, 17 points out of the money and will not season the postseason.

In the Eastern Conference, the late season heroics of Vasily Koshechkin allowed Metallurg Magnitogorsk to clinch the 1st seed in the conference by 8 points over divisional rival Ak Bars Kazan. Theyll face 8th seed Vladivostok, which made the playoffs in their expansion season.

Ufa (Andrey Vasilevskiy) will get the test of being the 4th seed and will square off against 5th seed Novgorod. Both teams finished with 94 points, but Ufa got the tiebreak.

Like Bratislava, Khanty-Mansisysk (Nikita Gusev) finished 11th in their conference and will not make the KHL's postseason tournament. They finished 14 points behind Vladivostok for the final playoff spot in the East.

KHL Game Day: 3-2-14

Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Kazan 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 33/33, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%

Make it back-to-back shutouts and back-to-back 1-0 wins for Vasily Koshechkin as he and Magnitogorsk defeated Kazan today 1-0. Czech forward Jan Kovar scored the game winner for Metallurg. Koshechkin is 5th in the KHL in save percentage and leads the pack in shutouts.

Ufa 1 vs. Dynamo Moscow 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 27 GP, 13-8-5, 3 SO, 2.22 GAA, .923 sv%

Alexei Volkov got the call in net today for Ufa in their 3-1 loss to Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Leafs draft pick Leo Komarov assisted on Dynamo's 2nd and 3rd goals as they pulled away for the win.

Mytischi 5 vs. Khanty-Mansisysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansisysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 7-6-13, -6, 10 PIM

Yugra continued to look unimpressive emerging from the Olympics break as they were again crushed, this time by Mytischi by a score of 5-1. Ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin had a helper in the win for Mytischi. Nikita Gusev played 17:50 in the loss.

Bratislava 0 vs. Spartak Moscow 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 21/24, 3.01 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 15-17-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%

Jaroslav Janus and Bratislava have appeared to hit another speed bump in their season, stumbling out of the Olympic break. Today they fell 3-0 to Spartak Moscow.

KHL Game Day: 2-28-14

Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Dynamo Moscow 0 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, SO, 41/41, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 50 GP, 29-12-8, 8 SO, 1.92 GAA, .939 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin was perfect, even stopping three of three in the penalty shot session, in Magnitogorsk's 1-0 win over Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil was among the unlucky Dynamo shooters nullified by Koshechkin in the skills competition.

Ufa 1 vs. Kazan 0
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Win, SO, 23/23, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 13-8-5, 3 SO, 2.22 GAA, .923 sv%

Only slightly less impressive than Koshechkin's shutout, Andrey Vasilevskiy turned aside all 23 shots he faced to deliver Ufa a 1-0 win over Kazan. Longtime KHL star Konstantin Barulin turned aside 27 shots at the other end of the ice for Kazan in defeat.

Yaroslavl 6 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 7-6-13, -5, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev was -1 in 12:22 of ice time as Yugra got crushed 6-2 by Yaroslavl. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had a helper in defeat for Yugra.

Bratislava 1 vs. Donetsk 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 25/27, 2.03 GAA, .926 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 15-16-8, 2 SO, 2.85 GAA, .898 sv%

Jaroslav Janus couldn't quite duplicate the feats of Lightning prospect brethren Koshechkin and Vasilevskiy, falling 2-1 to Donetsk. Ex-NHLer Martin Skoula assisted on Slovan's only goal.

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