Kucherov, Nikita

European Game Day: 4-23-12

SM-liiga Finals (Finland):
(2)Pelicans Lahti 1 @ (4)JYP 2 (OT)
JYP Wins the Series 4-1
JYP Wins the SM-liiga Championship
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 45/46, 0.90 GAA, .978 sv%
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 11-2-0, 0 SO, 1.73 GAA, .947 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

Completing arguably the greatest season of redemption in Bolt Prospects history, Lightning prospect Riku Helenius turned away 45 shots to help lead JYP to a 2-1 overtime Game Five win. The victory clinched the series and the SM-liiga championship for JYP. Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin (shown celebrating like a wild man) scored the overtime winner at 6:58 of overtime and assisted on JYP's other goal in the victory.

Helenius, the former Lightning first rounder, goes from being a tandem starter on a Sodertalje club in the Swedish Elitserien that had to fight off relegation last year to backstopping the best club in the Finnish Elitserien.

MHL Championship (Russia Jr.):
Nikita Gusev had 1 goal and 1 assist as CSKA Jr. cut Omsk Jr.'s series lead in half in their 3-1 Game Three win over Omsk Jr. Nikita Kucherov did not appear in the match. Game Four is Tuesday.

MHL Game Day: 4-20-12

MHL Finals (Russia Jr.):
Omsk Jr. raced out to an early 2-0 lead and never looked back in their 5-3 Game Two win over CSKA Jr. CSKA Jr. now finds their backs against the wall down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. Nikita Kucherov did not appear in the match for CSKA Jr. Game Three is Monday.

European Game Day: 4-19-12

SM-liiga Finals (Finland):
(2)Pelicans Lahti 1 @ (4)JYP 4
JYP Leads the Series 2-1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 33/34, 1.00 GAA, .971 sv%
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 9-2-0, 0 SO, 1.65 GAA, .946 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

Big game Riku! Riku Helenius stopped 33 shots and was named first star for JYP's 4-1 Game Three win over Lahti. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a pair of helpers in support of Helenius for JYP. Another former Lightning forward, Radek Smolenak, has yet to hit the scoresheet in the series for Pelicans. Game Four is Saturday.

MHL Finals (Russia Jr.):
Omsk Jr. whipped CSKA Jr. 5-2 in Game One of their Finals series. Nikita Kucherov did not appear for CSKA Jr.

MHL Finals Schedule Set

MHL Finals (Russia Jr.):
With Omsk Jr. disposing of Magnitogorsk Jr. on Thursday in their Western Conference Final series, the schedule has been set for the MHL Finals. CSKA Jr. will begin the defense of its title next Thursday. The big question for Lightning prospect followers is whether Nikita Kucherov will be in the lineup for CSKA Jr. after missing the majority of his club's playoff games thus far.

European Game Day: 4-11-12

SM-liiga Semifinals (Finland):
(4)JYP 3 @ (6)Jokerit 2 (OT)
JYP Wins the Series 4-1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 28/30, 1.90 GAA, .933 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 0 SO, 1.64 GAA, .948 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

Ex-Avalanche draft pick Mikko Viitanen scored 3:17 into overtime to lift JYP to a 3-2 series clinching Game Five victory. 17-year old potential first rounder Tuevo Teravainen had an assist in the loss for Jokerit, giving him 1 goal and 3 points in the series. He finished the playoffs with 2 goals and 6 points in 9 games. Riku Helenius and JYP will face Pelicans Lahti in the finals starting next Monday.

MHL Western Conference Finals (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. won Game Five 5-3 on the strength of a 4 goal, 1 assist performance by Nikita Gusev to advance to the MHL finals. CSKA Jr. was again without the services of Nikita Kucherov, but they did get ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov back for the match. CSKA Jr. will defend their MHL title against the eventual winner of the Eastern Conference title. Right now, Omsk Jr. holds a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five series over Magnitogorsk Jr.

MHL Game Day: 4-10-12

MHL Western Conference Finals (Russia Jr.):
Coached by former Lightning dtaft pick Vadim Epanchintsev, Mytischi Jr. staved off elimination in Game Three by defeating CSKA Jr. 5-4. Nikita Kucherov did not play for CSKA Jr. CSKA Jr. still leads the series 2-1. The schedule for Game Four is to be determined.

European Game Day: 4-7-12

SM-liiga Semifinals (Finland):
(4)JYP 3 @ (6)Jokerit 2 (OT)
JYP Leads the Series 3-0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 29/31, 1.45 GAA, .935 sv%
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 6-0-0, 0 SO, 1.53 GAA, .951 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

Ossi Louhivaara's goal at 2:16 of double overtime lifted JYP to a 3-2 Game Three win over Jokerit. JYP and starter Riku Helenius still have yet to lose a game in these playoffs. JYP goes for the sweep on Monday.

In the other Semifinal series, Espoo won 2-1 in OT to cut Lahti's series lead in half at 2-1.

MHL Western Conference Finals (Russia Jr.)
Dimitri Kugryshev's hat trick led CSKA Jr. to a 5-3 Game Two win over Mytischi Jr. CSKA Jr. leads the series 2-0 with Game Three on Tuesday. Nikita Kucherov did not appear for CSKA Jr.

European Game Day: 4-6-12

KHL Eastern Conference Finals (Russia):
Nikita Nesterov did not play in Game Five, as Omsk closed out top seed Chelyabinsk with a 1-0 shutout win. Ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo made 30 saves for Avangard for the win. This marks the end of Nikita Nesterov's season. Omsk will go on to face Dynamo Moscow in the Gagarin Cup Finals.

MHL Western Conference Finals (Russia Jr.):
Nikita Gusev scored a pair of third period goals to lead CSKA Jr. to a 3-2, Game One, comeback victory. Nikita Kucherov again did not play in the match. Game Two is Saturday.

MHL Game Day: 4-3-12

MHL Western Conference Semifinals (Russia Jr.):
Cherepovets Jr. 3 @ CSKA Jr. 4 (OT)
CSKA Jr. Wins the Series 3-2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., DNP
Playoff totals (MHL): 7 GP, 3-1-4, -3, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Red Wings pick Alexei Marchenko's goal at 0:42 of the second overtime lifted CSKA Jr. to a thrilling 4-3 Game Five win, giving the Red Army junior club the series and a ticket to the Western Conference Finals. Nikita Kucherov did not suit up for the match. The conference finals begin Friday with CSKA Jr. drawing Mytischi Jr.

European Game Day: 3-31-12

KHL Eastern Conference Finals (Russia):
Nikita Pivtsakin's goal at 6:01 of the second overtime lifted Omsk to a 3-2 Game Two victory over Chelyabinsk. The series is tied at 1-1. Game Three is scheduled for Monday. Nikita Nesterov did not suit up for Traktor.

MHL Western Conference Semifinals (Russia Jr.)
CSKA Jr. 2 @ Cherepovets Jr. 4
Series Tied 2-2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Playoff totals (MHL): 7 GP, 3-1-4, -3, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Cherepovets Jr. scored 2 unanswered goals to pull away from CSKA Jr and even their Western Conference Semifinal series at 2-2. That means the deciding Game Five is the series will occur on Tuesday. Mytischi Jr. awaits the victor.

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