Nesterov, Nikita

Bolt Prospects 2012 NHL Entry Draft Coverage: Defensemen

As uncertain as things have traditionally been for the Lightning between the pipes, the defenseman position may be even more unsettled at this point in the offseason. After cheating father time for much of the 2011-2012 season, age caught up to many of the Lightning's veteran defensemen in 2012-2013. Mattias Ohlund may never play another NHL game after the 35 year old's knee finally gave out after over 900 games of NHL service.

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.

European Game Day: 4-4-12

SM-liiga Semifinals (Finland):
(4)JYP 2 @ (6) Jokerit 1 (OT)

JYP Leads the Series 1-0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 38/39, 0.87 GAA, .974 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 4-0-0, 0 SO, 1.45 GAA, .957 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

The remarkable march of Riku Helenius continues. The former first rounder stopped 38 of 39 shots to lead JYP to a 2-1 overtime Game One win over Jokerit. It took a Jani Tuppurainen goal at 9:05 of overtime to settle it. JYP remains unbeaten in the playoffs. Game Two is Thursday.

KHL Eastern Conference Finals (Russia):
(2)Omsk 3 @ (1)Chelyabinsk 1
Omsk Leads the Series 3-1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals (KHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 41 GP, 11-20-31, +11, 66 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-0-0, +8, 4 PIM

Uh oh. Nikita Nesterov made his first playoff appearance since the first round and was even in 7:25 of ice time, but Chelyabinsk fell hard to Omsk 3-1. The Game Four win stakes Omsk to a 3-1 series lead. Ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo stopped 25 of 26 shots in the victory for Omsk. Game Five is on Friday.

European Game Day: 4-2-12

KHL Eastern Conference Finals (Russia):
Ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo stopped all 19 shots he faced in Omsk's 1-0 Game Three win over Chelyabinsk. Nikita Nesterov did not appear for Chelyabinsk. Omsk takes a 2-1 series lead. Game Four is Wednesday.

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.

KHL Game Day: 3-29-12

KHL Eastern Conference Finals (Russia):
Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov had the capping, empty net goal for Chelyabinsk in their 3-1 Game One win over Omsk. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo, now a Flames property, allowed 2 goals on 20 shots in defeat for Avangard. Nikita Nesterov did not play in the match for Traktor. Game Two is Saturday.

European Game Day: 3-24-12

SM-liiga Quarterfinals (Finland):
(5)Assat 1 @ (4)JYP 2
JYP Leads the Series 2-0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 31/32, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .971 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

You know you're playing amazing hockey as a goaltender when you stop 31 of 32 in a victory and your save percentage actually gets worse because of the effort. That's how embarrassingly well Riku Helenius has played in his first 2 games of the SM-liiga playoffs, though, helping to stake JYP to a 2-0 series lead. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin was the first star of Game Two, assisting on both of JYP's goals. Game Three is Monday.

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals (Russia):
Caps first rounder Evgeny Kuznetsov had a pair of goals to lead Chelyabinsk to a series clinching 4-1 win over Kazan. Traktor takes the series 4-2. Nikita Nesterov did not play in the match. The KHL Eastern Conference Finals begin Thursday with Chelyabinsk facing Omsk and former Lightning netminder Karri Ramo, which was the 2 seed. The entire Eastern Conference bracket has been chalk so far.

European Game Day: 3-22-12

SM-liiga Quarterfinals (Finland):
(4) JYP 4 @ (5) Assat 1
JYP Leads the Series 1-0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 35/36, 1.00 GAA, .972 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .972 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

So far, so good. Riku Helenius stopped 35 of 36 shots he faced in JYP's 4-1 Game One throttling of Assat. Ex-Lightning defenseman Kristian Kudroc assisted on Assat's only goal. Game Two is Saturday.

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals (Russia):
Danis Zaripov scored the game winner at 8:54 of the third overtime session to deliver Kazan a thrilling 2-1 Game Five win over Chelyabinsk. Chelyabinsk still holds a 3-2 edge in the series. Nikita Nesterov did not dress for Chelyabinsk. Game Six is Saturday.

European Game Day: 3-20-12

SM-liiga Playoffs (Finland):
The field of 8 is complete. Blues Espoo crushed Lukko 6-3 in Game Three of their mini play-in series, joining Karpat as the other recipient of a play-in spot. Riku Helenius and JYP will play Assat in the Quarterfinals beginning on Thursday.

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals (Russia):
Former Blackhawks draft pick Petri Kontiola's goal late in the third period lifted Chelyabinsk to a 3-2 Game Four victory over Ak Bars Kazan. Nikita Nesterov did not play in the match. Chelyabinsk leads the series 3-1 and will go in for the kill on Thursday.

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. rolled to a 7-2 Game Four victory to knot their series at 2-2. Nikita Kucherov did not play in the match. The decisive Game Five will be on Friday.

European Game Day: 3-18-12 and 3-19-12

3-18-12
KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
Ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen scored 1:55 into overtime to lift Kazan to a critical 2-1 Game Three win over top seed Chelyabinsk. Nikita Nesterov did not dress for the match. Chelyabinsk still holds a 2-1 series lead with Game Four set for Tuesday.

SM-slutspel (Sweden):
(7)AIK 3 @ (1)Lulea 0
AIK Wins the Series 4-1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM
Regular eason totals: 53 GP, 15-10-25, +12, 16 PIM

Goaltender Viktor Fasth, who was rumored to be a Lightning free agent target, stopped all 31 shots he faced for AIK in their clinching 3-0 win over Lulea. The series loss is a crushing upset for the league's top seed.

3-19-12
MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals(Russia Jr.):
St. Petersburg Jr. 3 @ CSKA Jr. 2
St. Petersburg Jr. Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., DNP
Playoff totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 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

Nikita Kucherov did not dress for CSKA Jr.'s critical Game Three loss to St. Petersburg Jr. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov has also not appeared for CSKA Jr. in the last couple of matches. Game Four is Tuesday.

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