Khabarovsk 5 vs. Novokuznetsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 1 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 7 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev (pictured) had a successful debut for Amur Khabarovsk, assisting on the capping goal of a 5-1 victory over Novokuznetsk. Gusev played 11:36 in the match. Khabarovsk faces Novosibirsk tomorrow. There's nothing quite like the Thanksgiving tradition that is Novosibirsk hockey in the KHL.
Chelyabinsk 0 vs. Astana 3
Victor Hedman, Astana, 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 0-13-13, +10, 48 PIM
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Victor Hedman had helpers in triplicate, including 2 on the power play, in Astana's 3-0 blanking of Traktor Chelyabinsk. Hedman played 23:04 in the match. Nikita Nesterov played just 1:32 in the game for Traktor, his first since returning from the Subway Super Series. Chelyabinsk faces Khanty-Mansiysk next on Friday while Astana gets Magnitogorsk.
Ufa 4 vs. Spartak Moscow 1
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals (KHL): 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 24 GP, 18-6-0, 2 SO, 1.97 GAA, .929 sv%
Andrei Vasilevskiy sat backup to former Syracuse Crunch Iiro Tarkki in Ufa's 4-1 win over Spartak Moscow. Ufa got a goal from former Blue Jackets pick Nikita Filatov in the match. Ufa draws Donetsk next on Friday.
St. Petersburg 3 vs. Cherepovets 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 24/27, 3.04 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 12-12-2, 3 SO, 2.16 GAA, .925 sv%
NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 11th goal of the season to help lead St. Petersburg to a 3-2 win over Severstal Cherepovets. Former Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov was out of the lineup for Cherepovets in the match. Severstal faces Dynamo Moscow on Friday.
Bratislava 1 vs. Novgorod 4
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 25/29, 4.00 GAA, .862 sv%
Season totals: 23 GP, 12-8-3, 3 SO, 2.30 GAA, .924 sv%
Swedish star Martin Thornberg had 2 goals and 1 assist to lead Novgorod in a 4-1 thrashing of Slovan Bratislava. Thornberg has been a fixture on Sweden Euro Hockey Tour teams over the past several seasons. Slovan plays Mytischi on Friday.
Note that today's action was the first time this season that all Lightning prospects in the Russian leagues were in uniform for their respective KHL teams.
Novgorod 3 vs. Bratislava 2 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Shootout Loss, 28/30, 1.85 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 22 GP, 12-7-3, 3 SO, 2.22 GAA, .927 sv%
Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 of 4 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session in Bratislava's 4-3 loss to Novgorod. Bratislava currently sits in 6th in the KHL's Western Conference. They'll face Novgorod next on Wednesday.
Cherepovets 4 vs. St. Petersburg 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 26/29, 2.77 GAA, .897 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 12-11-2, 3 SO, 2.12 GAA, .927 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin was a perfect 5 for 5 in the shootout to lead Cherepovets to a 4-3 victory over SKA St. Peterburg. Ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin scored a penalty shot on Koshechkin in the Third Period to force the game into overtime, but Koshechkin stood tall against an SKA shootout slate that included Ilya Kovalchuk and Maxim Afingoenov to earn the W. Cherepovets sits in 5th in the Western Conference, 1 point ahead of Janus and Slovan Bratislava. They rematch St. Petersburg on Wednesday.
MHL (Russia Jr.)
Ufa Jr. 11 vs. Berdsk 1
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Ufa Jr., Win, 26/27, 1.00 GAA, .963 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 17-6-0, 2 SO, 2.01 GAA, .928 sv%
Fresh off his appearances for Team Russia at the Subway Super Series, Andrei Vasilevskiy (pictured) got a stunning 11 goals of support as Ufa Jr. rolled Berdsk 11-1. The two teams will rematch Monday. Berdsk might not want to get off the team bus.
Astana 7 vs. Ekaterinburg 2
Victor Hedman, Astana, 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-10-10, +7, 46 PIM
Victor Hedman had an even strength and a power play assist in 18:37 of ice time in Astana's 7-2 pasting of Ekaterinburg. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski had a goal for Astana in the win while ex-Lightning defenseman Sergei Gusev (yes!?) scored a goal for Ekaterinburg in defeat. Astana plays Magnitogorsk next on Sunday.
Cherepovets 4 vs. Dynamo Moscow 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 33/35, 2.00 GAA, .943 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 11-11-2, 3 SO, 2.10 GAA, .928 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin rebounded from a 3-1 loss against Traktor in his last start and turned aside 33 shots to help Cherepovets defeat Dynamo Moscow 4-2. Cherepovets plays St. Petersburg on Sunday.
Mytischi 0 vs. Bratislava 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, SO, 28/28, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 21 GP, 12-7-2, 3 SO, 2.35 GAA, .923 sv%
Jaroslav Janus (pictured) posted his third shutout of the season to lead Slovan Bratislava to a 2-0 win over Mytischi. NHLer Lubomir Vishnevsky had a helper in the match for Slovan. They face Novgorod next on Sunday.
Astana 3 vs. Chelyabinsk 6
Victor Hedman, Astana, 0-0-0, +1, 34 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 0-8-8, +4, 46 PIM
Victor Hedman (pictured) was given a game misconduct, a misconduct, and minors for high-sticking and slashing in 12:22 of ice time as Astana was defeated by Traktor Chelyabinsk 6-3. Chelyabinsk defenseman Nikita Nesterov remains with the Russian junior team for the Subway Super Series. Astana faces Ekaterinburg on Friday. Chelyabinsk draws Omsk, also on Friday.
Yaroslavl 4 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-7-2, 2 SO, 2.35 GAA, .923 sv%
NHLer Semyon Varlamov stopped all 32 shots he faces to lead Yaroslavl to a 4-0 shutout win over Slovan Bratislava. Bratislava faces Mytischi next on Friday.
Praha 1 vs. Bratislava 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 32/33, 1.00 GAA, .970 sv%
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-7-2, 2 SO, 2.35 GAA, .923 sv%
In the battle between the lone Czech and Slovak based KHL teams, the Slovakians came out on top with Slovan defeating Lev 2-1. Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus (pictured) turned away 32 shots for the win. NHLer Jakub Voracek scored Praha's only goal. The match is Bratislava's last before the Karjala break.