Nesterov, Nikita

KHL Game Day: 10-21-12

KHL (Russia)
Spartak Moscow 4 vs. Chelyabinsk 5 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 13 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov (pictured) set a new season high in ice time with 21:31 in Chelyabinsk's 5-4 shootout win over Spartak. Nesterov finished second amongst Traktor d-men in ice time behind only veteran Vyacheslav Belov. Ex-NHler Stan Chistov scored with 32 seconds in regulation for Traktor just to give them a chance to make it to the shootout and get the win. Traktor plays Dynamo Riga on Tuesday.

Novokuznetsk 4 vs. Ufa 3
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa, DNP
Season totals (KHL): 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 19 GP, 14-5-0, 1 SO, 1.98 GAA, .929 sv%

Andrei Vasilevski got the call to join the big club and sat backup today as Ufa fell to Novokuznetsk 4-3. Ex-NHLer Brett Sopel had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Novokuznetsk. If that's what it takes to get Vasilevski a little rest, so be it. Coincidentally, Vasilevski's fill-in for Ufa's junior side got a shutout in their 4-0 win over Novosibirsk. #SeeAlexSemakThatWasntSoBadWasIt?

European Game Day: 10-17-12

Elitserien (Sweden)
Brynas 1 vs. AIK 5
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 5-2-7, +6, 6 PIM

Johan Harju has hit a cold spot, and was scoreless in Brynas' 5-1 loss to AIK. Brynas' backup, Robin Rahm, was between the pipes. Brynas faces MODO on Friday.

KHL (Russia)
Chelyabinsk 6 vs. Novgorod 3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 12 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Boom goes the stay-at-home dynamite! Nikita Nesterov (pictured) was +3 in a season high 18:35 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 6-3 win over Novgorod. Ex-Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin had a goal for Torpedo in defeat. Chelyabinsk is off until Sunday when they face Spartak Moscow.

Cherepovets 6 vs. Bratislava 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, SO, 18/18, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 7-8-1, 3 SO, 1.92 GAA, .935 sv%

Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 33/39, 6.00 GAA, .846 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 9-5-2, 2 SO, 2.37 GAA, .923 sv%

Oof! In a battle between old school and new school Lightning goaltending prospects, Vasily Koshechkin taught the new blood a serious lesson. The big veteran netminder logged an 18 save shutout in Cherepovets' 6-0 spanking of Bratislava. Ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov continued his quest to get back on Bolt Prospects' daily updates by scoring his 5th and 6th goals of the season, both on the power play, for Severstal. They face Omsk next on Saturday. Slovan will lick their wounds in preparation for CSKA next Tuesday.

VHL (Russia 2)
Chelyabinsk2 3 vs. Tver 1
Nikita Gusev, Tver, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals (VHL): 10 GP, 5-5-10, -3, 2 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev scored Tver's only goal in their 3-1 loss to Chelyabinsk2. The forward played 18:25 in the match. Tver faces Minsk2 next Tuesday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Ufa Jr. 2 vs. Omsk Jr. 6
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Loss, 17/21, 6.00 GAA, .810 sv%
Season totals: 18 GP, 14-4-0, 1 SO, 1.92 GAA, .930 sv%

Andrei Vasilevski continued the theme of a poor day for young Lightning goaltending prospects after he was pulled after 2 periods in Ufa Jr.'s 6-2 loss to Omsk Jr. I ask the question again: does the young man need a rest after having started every game of the season thus far for Ufa Jr? I'm looking at you, ex-Lightning forward and current Ufa Jr. coach, Alexander Semak. These two teams rematch on Thursday.

KHL Game Day: 10-15-12

KHL (Russia)
Chelyabinsk 2 vs. Yaroslavl 3 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 11 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was scoreless in 10:32 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 3-2 shootout loss to Yaroslavl. NHLer Semyon Varlamov was perfect against all 5 shooters he faced to deliver Yaroslavl the win. Chelyabinsk draws Novogorod on Wednesday.

Kazan 2 vs. Bratislava 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Shootout Win, 38/40, 1.85 GAA, .950 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 9-4-2, 2.14 GAA, .929 sv%

Jaroslav Janus was 3 for 4 in the shootout to earn his 4th post-regulation win of the season in Slovan's 3-2 win over Kazan. Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan scored twice in the shootout for Bratislava to secure the win. They face Cherepovets on Wednesday.

Cherepovets 1 vs. Chekhov 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 21/23, 2.03 GAA, .913 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 6-8-1, 2 SO, 2.04 GAA, .932 sv%

Ex-NHLer Alexander Korolyuk scored the game opening goal for Chekhov in their 3-1 win over Cherepovets. Cherepovets faces Bratislava next on Wednesday.

VHL (Russia 2)
Orsk 6 vs. Tver 3
Nikita Gusev, Tver, 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (VHL): 9 GP, 4-5-9, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev (pictured) had a pair of even strength goals in 16:14 of ice time in Tver's 6-3 loss to Orsk. Tver draws Chelyabinsk 2 on Wednesday.

European Game Day: 10-13-12

Elitserien (Sweden)
Vaxjo 1 vs. Brynas 2
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-2-7, +6, 6 PIM

Johan Harju took a minor for tripping in Brynas' 2-1 win over Vaxjo Lakers. Ex-Lightning goaltender Fredrik Norrena allowed 2 goals on 30 shots in defeat. Brynas gets AIK next on Wednesday.

KHL (Russia)
Chelyabinsk 4 vs. Mytischi 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was scoreless in 9:53 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 4-2 win over Mytischi. Mytischi got a helper from ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev in the defeat. Traktor faces Yaroslavl next on Monday.

Ufa 3 vs. Bratislava 2 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Shootout Loss, 32/34, 1.85 GAA, .941 sv%
Season totals: 14 GP, 8-4-2, 2 SO, 2.18 GAA, .926 sv%

Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 of 2 shooters to convert in Bratislava's 3-2 shootout loss to Ufa. NHLer Lubomir Vishnovsky scored a goal with 1:04 left in regulation to salvage a point for Slovan. They face Ak Bars Kazan next on Monday.

VHL (Russia 2)
Karaganda 2 vs. Tver 0
Nikita Gusev, Tver, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (VHL): 8 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:27 in Tver's 2-0 shutout loss at the hands of Karaganda. Tver gets Orsk next on Monday.

KHL Game Day: 10-8-12

KHL (Russia)
Novosibirsk 2 vs. Chelyabinsk 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 9 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov took a roughing minor that led to the game winning power play goal in 11:39 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 2-1 loss to Novosibirsk. Assisting on the winner? Former Lightning defenseman Kristian Kudroc. Chelyabinsk faces Mytischi on Saturday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Tyumen Jr. 2 vs. Ufa Jr. 3
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 37/39, 2.00 GAA, .949 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 13-2-0, 1 SO, 1.73 GAA, .938 sv%

Andrei Vasilevski (pictured) turned away 37 shots to lead Ufa Jr. to a 3-2 win over Tyumen Jr. That gives Vasilevski 12 regulation wins and 1 shootout victory this season. The two clubs rematch on Tuesday.

In other news, forward Nikita Gusev has been loaned by CSKA to Tver of the VHL. Through 6 games with Tver, Gusev has 1 goal and 5 points with a -3 rating and 2 penalty minutes. Tver plays Zaural Kurgan tomorrow. The VHL is the second highest mens league in Russia behind the KHL. Tver is CSKA's Vysshaya Hockey League affiliate.

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