Nesterov, Nikita

Subway Super Series Game Night: 11-5-12

Russia 6 @ Team QMJHL 2

D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Series totals: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM

D Artem Sergeev, RUS: Did not play
Series totals: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

G Andrei Vasilevski, RUS: W, 31/33 (.940 SV%), Player of the Game
Series totals: 1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, 31/33 (.940 SV%)

C Cedric Paquette, QMJHL: 0-0-0, E
Series totals: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Andrei Vasilevski put on a show Monday night in Blainville-Boisbriand, stopping 31 shots to lead Russia to a win in the opening game of the 2012 Canada-Russia Subway Super Series. The Q has now lost five straight games to the Russians. Vasilevski, who was wearing a Lightning mask, was named Player of the Game for Russia. He made routine saves, difficult saves, and spectacular saves. The save of the game was Vasilevski doing the splits to stop a QMJHL shot from his left. He was beaten on the power play on a shot that went top corner, then late in the game Jean-Sebastien Dea lost control of the puck on a partial breakaway and the disc snuck through Vasilevski's legs. Vasilevski was playing the deke.

Defenseman Nikita Nesterov played a significant amount of minutes for Russia and was out in all situations, including quarterbacking the power play and playing on a 5-on-3 penalty kill. He made good decisions and was praised for his "relentlessness." Lightning coach Guy Boucher will be happy about the "relentless" tag as it is one of his buzzwords.

Cedric Paquette didn't see a lot of ice time on his home rink, but he was perhaps the most physical QMJHL player, landing at least two big hits. One led to a scoring chance on Vasilevski, but the big Russian shut the door. Paquette will not play in Wednesday's Game 2. Lightning prospect Artem Sergeev is expected to suit up for Russia in Game 2, however.

Box Score | Highlights

KHL Game Day: 11-2-12

KHL (Russia)
Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Cherepovets 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
Season totals (KHL): 17 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 26/29, 3.00 GAA, .897 sv%
Season totals: 23 GP, 10-11-2, 3 SO, 2.10 GAA, .927 sv%

Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov had 2 goals to lead Chelyabinsk to a 3-1 win over Cherepovets. Nikita Nesterov was out of the lineup for Traktor and is on his way to North America for the upcoming Subway Super Series.

VHL (Russia 2)
Tver 3 vs Sarov 0
Nikita Gusev, Tver, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (VHL): 14 GP, 7-6-13, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev (pictured) scored an insurance marker for Tver in their 3-0 shutout victory over Sarov. Gusev is now tied for 21st in the league in goals. Tver faces Ryazan on Sunday.

KHL Game Day: 10-31-12

KHL (Russia)
Chelyabinsk 2 vs. Dynamo Minsk 0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 17 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was scoreless in 5:32 of ice time in Traktor's 2-0 win over Minsk. Ex-NHLer Jan Bulis had a shorthanded goal in the match for Chelyabinsk.

Magnitogorsk 5 vs. Cherepovets 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 26/31, 5.00 GAA, .839 sv%
Season totals: 22 GP, 10-10-2, 3 SO, 2.06 GAA, .929 sv%

Evgeni Malkin had 3 assists to lead Magnitogorsk to a 5-2 win over Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets. Ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov scored his 8th goal of the season in defeat for Severstal only to be matched 8:01 later by brother Dmitri Kazionov's 5th of the year. The elder Kazionov has 5 goals and 7 points in 21 games this season.

VHL (Russia2)
Tver 4 vs. Dynamo Moscow2
Nikita Gusev, Tver, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (VHL): 13 GP, 6-6-12, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev (pictured) had a goal and assist, both on the power play, in 18:40 of ice time to help lead Tver to a 4-3 win over Dynamo Moscow2.

KHL Game Day: 10-29-12

KHL (Russia)
Ekaterinburg 1 vs. Cherepovets 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, 27/28, 1.01 GAA, .964 sv%
Season totals: 21 GP, 10-9-2, 3 SO, 1.92 GAA, .933 sv%

Denis Kazionov scored his 7th goal of the season in Cherepovets' 2-1 win over Ekaterinburg. Kazionov was second amongst Severstal forwards in ice time with 19:31. He now has 7 goals and 7 points in 21 games. Cherepovets faces Magnitogorsk on Wednesday.

Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Chekhov 4 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 16 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was -1 in 9:03 in Chelyabinsk's 4-3 shootout loss to Chekhov. Washington Capitals first rounder Evgeni Kuznetsov had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for Traktor, but was stopped cold in his only shootout attempt. Chelyabinsk plays Dynamo Minsk on Wednesday.

Bratislava 4 vs. Khabarovsk 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 9-7-2, 2 SO, 2.44 GAA, .919 sv%

Bratislav Konrad was between the pipes for Slovan in their 4-2 win over Khabarovsk. Janus should get in for tomorrow's match against Novosibirsk.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Novgorod Jr. 0 vs. Ufa Jr. 3
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, SO, 23/23, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 21 GP, 15-6-0, 2 SO, 2.06 GAA, .926 sv%

And just like that, Andrei Vasilevski's (pictured) slump was over. Definitively. The first rounder stopped all 23 shots he faced to post his second shutout of the season. Ufa Jr. faces Novokuznetsk Jr. next on Thursday.

European Game Day: 10-25-12

Elitserien (Sweden)
Farjestads 3 vs. Brynas 0
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, -2, 3 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 5-2-7, +3, 6 PIM

Blackhawks prospect Alexander Salak had a 32 save shutout to lead Farjestads in its 3-0 win over Brynas. Brynas faces Lulea next on Saturday.

KHL (Russia)
Donetsk 3 vs. Chelyabinsk 2 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 15 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov's streak of 20+ minute games ended in today's 3-2 shootout loss to Donetsk. The young defenseman logged 11:15 in the contest. Chelyabinsk plays Chekhov next on Monday.

Meanwhile, Andrei Vasilevski did not dress for Ufa's 2-0 shutout win over Novosibirsk.

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