Astana 3 vs. St. Petersburg 5
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 5-6-11, +8, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev potted a late Third Period insurance goal and had a power play helper as SKA, still depleted by the World Cup of Hockey, edged Barys Astana 5-3. Gusev played 17:36 in the victory. Astana got a pair of helpers from ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski in defeat.
St. Petersburg 4 vs. Cherepovets 0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-5-9, +8, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev had even strength and power play helpers for SKA in their 4-0 blanking of Severstal Cherepovets. The forward played 14:37 as St. Petersburg continues to play with a depleted lineup due to the World Cup of Hockey. 2014 Rangers 4th rounder Igor Shestyorkin turned aside all 26 shots he faced for the shutout win.
CSKA 2 vs. St. Petersburg 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 2 PIM
Depleted by the World Cup of Hockey, SKA's offensive juggernaut ground to a near halt in their 2-1 loss to CSKA. The team was without key players like Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeny Dadonov for the match. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:35 in the match. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk had a helper in defeat.
St. Petersburg 5 vs. Nizhnekamsk 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev had the game's opening goal and a minor for slashing in 16:17 of ice time as SKA clobbered Nizhnekamsk 5-1. Captain Pavel Datsyuk had a goal in the victory for SKA, and his 4-3-7 thus far this season matches Gusev's production. Through 6 games, the club is averaging a gaudy 4.5 goals per game.
St. Petersburg 5 vs. Togliatti 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev had an even strength goal and assist in 13:36 of ice time as SKA rolled over Lada Togliatti 5-1. Gusev is now over a point a game through five games, playing primarily on SKA's second scoring line alongside ex-NHLer Evgeny Dadonov and three time KHL All Star Vadim Shipachyov.
St. Petersburg 5 vs. Kazan 6 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and an even strength assist in SKA's 6-5 SO loss to Kazan. The forward played 16:15 in the match and also converted on his lone attempt in the penalty shot session. Pavel Datsyuk had 2 goals and 3 points in the loss for SKA. Kazan got a helper from captain and former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov in their win.
St. Petersburg 4 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev was held off the scoresheet in 12:52 of ice time as SKA doubled up Magnitogorsk 4-2. Ex-NHL'er Slava Voynov had a pair of helpers for SKA in the win. Ex-Lightning pick Vasily Koshechkin took the loss for Magnitka.
St. Petersburg 7 vs. Ufa 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev had SKA's capping goal in garbage time of their 7-1 rout of Ufa. Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk led the way with a hat trick and three assists for St. Petersburg for the rare six point match.
Chelyabinsk 2 vs. St. Petersburg 1 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev started off his season with a power play helper in 14:47 of ice time in SKA's 2-1 OT loss to Traktor Chelyabinsk. Ex-Lightning forward Paul Szczechura had a goal in the match for Traktor. The game marked the return of Russian superstar Pavel Datsyuk, who now wears the C for SKA, to his country's top league.
KHL Western Conference Finals
(6)St. Petersburg 1 vs. (1)CSKA 2 (OT)
CSKA Wins the Series 4-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 5-9-14, -2, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM
Nikita Gusev played just 3 shifts and 2:32 in SKA's 2-1 OT loss to CSKA. CSKA advances to the Gagarin Cup Final by virtue of the sweep. Ex-Blues pick Sergei Andronov scored the OT winner 1:02 into the extra session. Nikita Gusev signed an extension with SKA during the regular season and is expected to stay in the KHL next season with the club.