Nesterov, Nikita

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.

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