Gusev, Nikita

KHL Game Day: 9-14-14 and 9-15-14

9-14-15
Bratislava 2 vs. Novgorod 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Loss, 31/33, 1.85 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA, .939 sv%

Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 of 2 shooters to convert, with the 1st being former Lightning pick Dimitry Kazionov, as Bratislava fell 3-2 in the shootout to Novgorod. The shootout mars and otherwise decent season debut for Janus. Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen had a pair of assist in defeat for Slovan.

9-15-14
Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Jokerit 2 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev did not dress in Yugra's 2-1 OT loss to Jokerit, which jumped from the league formerly known as the SM-liiga to the KHL this season. Ex-NHLer Niklas Hagman had a goal in the match for Jokerit. Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius sat backup for Jokerit while ex-Lightning pick Johan Harju was also scoreless for the club.

Podolsk 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 15/16, 1.00 GAA, .938 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 5-1-0, 1 SO, 1.17 GAA, .953 sv%

If you only put 16 shots on goal on Vasily Koshechkin in a game, you probably wasted the bus ride to the rink. That's all the rubber Koshechkin faced today as Magnitogorsk ran Podolsk out of the building 4-1. Ex-Caps draft pick Oskar Osala had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Metallurg.

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.

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.

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