Nesterov, Nikita

KHL Game Day: 9-8-12

KHL
Ufa 1 vs. Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 22/23, 1.01 GAA, .957 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 3.02 GAA, .897 sv%

Ex-NHLer Nicklas Bergfors had a power play goal in Cherepovets' 3-1 win over Ufa. Ex-Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov assisted on Ufa's lone goal. Cherepovets faces Nizhnekamsk next on Monday.

CSKA 5 vs. Donetsk 3
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev (pictured) assisted on a Second Period goal and had 6:43 of ice time in CSKA's 5-3 win over Donetsk. Ex-NHLer Alexander Radulov had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for CSKA. They face Dynamo Riga next on Monday.

Bratislava 2 vs. Dynamo Riga 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Loss, 28/30, 1.85 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA, .933 sv%

Jaroslav Janus made 28 saves in his KHL debut, but allowed both shooters to convert in Bratislava's 3-2 shootout loss to Dynamo Riga. Ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory for Riga. Slovan Bratislava moves on to face Spartak Moscow on Monday.

MHL
Chelyabinsk Jr. 9 vs. Berdsk 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was out of the lineup for the second straight game, and missed out on Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 9-1 pasting of Berdsk. The two teams face off again Sunday.

KHL Game Day: 9-6-12

KHL
Kazan 5 vs. Cherepovets 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 30/35, 5.00 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, 0 SO, 5.00 GAA, .857 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin (pictured) got off to a rough start to his season allowing 5 goals to Ak Bars Kazan. Kazan got 1 goal and 1 assist in the win from ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen. Cherepovets draws Ufa on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Yaroslavl knocked off Novosibirsk 5-2 with Vitali Kolesnik between the pipes. Where does that leave Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus? Back to Slovan Bratislava? We shall see.

MHL
Chelyabinsk Jr. 1 vs. Novokuznetsk Jr. 0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov did not appear in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 1-0 win over Novokuznetsk Jr. He also did not appear in Chelyabinsk's KHL team's 2-0 win over Magnitogorsk. Chelyabinsk Jr. moves on to face Berdsk on Saturday.

KHL Game Day: 9-5-12

KHL
CSKA 0 vs. Spartak Moscow 1
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev only played 3:15 today, but that was enough to get caught on the ice for the lone goal in CSKA's 1-0 loss to Spartak Moscow. CSKA is off until Saturday when they'll face KHL newcomer Donetsk.

MHL
Orenburg 3 vs. Ufa Jr. 6
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 31/34, 3.00 GAA, .912 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%

Alexei Vasilevski turned away 31 shots to post back-to-back wins for Ufa Jr. against Orenburg to open the season. Ufa Jr. is off until next Tuesday when they face Magnitogorsk Jr.

Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 vs. Novokuznetsk Jr. 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Defenseman Artem Chistyakov scored with 42 seconds left in the Third Period to life Chelyabinsk Jr. to a 3-2 opening night win over Novokuznetsk Jr. The two teams square off again tomorrow.

Russian Regular Season Games Start Tomorrow

The European regular season will begin tomorrow, 9/1 with matches from the Russian junior league, the MHL, before the big boys start on Tuesday when Dynamo Moscow and Avangard Omsk square off in the KHL. For the Lightning's Russian prospects, their clubs' schedules for the next week are as follows:

MHL
9-1-12, Omsk Jr. vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

9-4-12, Orenburg vs. Ufa Jr. (Vasilevski)

9-5-12, Orenburg vs. Ufa Jr. (Vasilevski)
9-5-12, Chelyabinsk Jr. (Nesterov) vs. Novokuznetsk Jr.
9-5-12, Stupino vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

9-6-12, Chelyabinsk Jr. (Nesterov) vs. Novokuznetsk Jr.
9-6-12, Stupino vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

KHL
9-6-12, Novosibirsk vs. Yaroslavl (Janus?)
9-6-12, Kazan vs. Cherepovets (Koshechkin)

Note that, as of right now, Nikita Gusev (pictured), Andrei Vasilevski, and Nikita Nesterov are currently listed on their respective clubs' MHL rosters, but are subject to potential call-up to the KHL throughout the year. Vasilevski looks to be locked into the MHL though, with Ufa's top club currently boasting veteran goaltender and former Canadiens draft pick Vadim Tarasov and ex-Syracuse Crunch netminder Iiro Tarkki.

Meanwhile, Yaroslavl may be the landing spot for goaltender Jaroslav Janus, according to reports out of Slovakia. Janus has been playing for KHL newcomer Bratislava during the preseason, but it appears he has been compelled to leave the Slovakian club by Yaroslavl, which holds his KHL draft rights, because the team is thin in net between inexperienced Nikita Lozkhin and their struggles to get Curtis Sanford in their lineup. So, Janus may even find himself playing on an emotional opening night for a Yaroslavl club he hasn't even played a preseason game behind. Recall a year ago that Yaroslavl's team perished in a tragic plane crash that led to the team pulling out of participating in the KHL last year.

Canada Wins Exhibition Series Against Russia, Lightning Prospects

Canada 1 vs Russia 0 (OT)

D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
D Artem Sergeev, RUS: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
G Andrei Vasilevski, RUS: Loss

After Team Canada won 4-2 in regulation in Halifax on Tuesday night to knot the four-game series at two wins apiece, both teams began a special overtime session in hopes of a series-deciding victory. The Canadians, the distinct aggressors throughout much of the three periods played previously that night, kept pressing their Russian counterparts and were rewarded with the clinching goal just a few minutes into sudden-death. On the play, Canada's Ty Rattie managed to keep the puck in Russia's end, which led to Ryan Strome getting the puck on his stick near the top of the left face-off circle, where he didn't waste any time using some crafty stick-work to make his way to a better angle in the high slot where, with a quick release, he fired a wrist shot that found its mark past Vasilevski.

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