Nesterov, Nikita

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-25-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Western Conference
(6)Bratislava 2 vs. (3)Dynamo Moscow 3
Dynamo Moscow Wins the Series 4-0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 26/29, 3.02 GAA, .897 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 4.03 GAA, .867 sv%
Regular season totals: 47 GP, 26-17-4, 5 SO, 2.17 GAA, .928 sv%

Bratislava was swept out of the first round of the KHL playoffs after falling to Dynamo Moscow 3-2 in Game Four. Ex-Lightning first rounder Vladimir Mihalik had a goal in defeat for Slovan. Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus' season is over.

(5)Cherepovets 3 vs. (4)Yaroslavl 2 (OT)
Cherepovets Leads the Series 3-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 48/50, 1.01 GAA, .960 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 0 SO, 1.42 GAA, .947 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 28-20-3, 8 SO, 2.13 GAA, .923 sv%

Ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov scored 18:48 into the 3rd Overtime to lift Cherepovets to a 3-2 Game Four win over Yaroslavl. Kazionov played 31:56 in the match. Vasily Koshechkin's 48 saves in victory were actually light work compared to the 80 shots Yaroslavl goaltender Curtis Sanford stopped in defeat. Cherepovets goes for the series win in Game Five on Thursday.

Eastern Conference
(6)Astana 1 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 3
Astana Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was scoreless in 10:42 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's critical 3-1 Game Three win over Astana. The victory gets Traktor back into the series. Game Four is Tuesday.

(5)Ufa 4 vs. (4)Magnitogorsk 1
Ufa Leads the Series 2-1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov scored 1 goal and 1 assist to help lead Ufa to a 4-1 Game Three win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov also chipped in a helper in the match for Ufa. Game Four is Tuesday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-22-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(3)Chelyabinsk 3 vs. (6)Astana 5
Astana Leads the Series 2-0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had a power play assist in 16:08 in Chelyabinsk's 5-3 loss to upset-minded Astana. Astana was led by an outstanding 4 goal effort by former NHLer Nigel Dawes and 2 assists from ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski. Ex-Lightning draft pick Ilya Solarev is scoreless in the first two games of the series for Astana. Game Three is Monday.

(4)Magnitogorsk 2 vs. (5)Ufa 0
Series Tied 1-1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Despite only managing 13 shots against Iiro Tarkki, Magnitogorsk defeated Ufa 2-0 to square their first round series at 1-1. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to Tarkki in the contest. Game Three is Monday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-21-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Western Conference
(3)Dynamo Moscow 3 vs. (6)Bratislava 2 (OT)
Dynamo Moscow Leads the Series 2-0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 5.04 GAA, .839 sv%
Regular season totals: 47 GP, 26-17-4, 5 SO, 2.17 GAA, .928 sv%

Jaroslav Janus sat backup to Branislav Konrad in Bratislava's 3-2 overtime loss to Dynamo Moscow. Alexei Sopin led the way with a pair of goals for Dynamo, including the overtime winner. Game Three is Sunday.

(4)Yaroslavl 2 vs. (5)Cherepovets 1
Series Tied 1-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 25/27, 2.07 GAA, .926 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 1.53 GAA, .949 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 28-20-3, 8 SO, 2.13 GAA, .923 sv%

Ex-Leafs draft pick Staffan Kronwall's power play goal turned out to be the winner in Yaroslavl's 2-1 Game Two victory over Cherepovets. Ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in 13:37 for Cherepovets.

Eastern Conference
(3)Chelyabinsk 3 vs. (6)Astana 4 (OT)
Astana Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov played just 9:34 in Chelyabinsk's 4-3 Game One loss to Astana. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski had a pair of goals in the win for Astana. Game Two is Friday.

(4)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (5)Ufa 4 (OT)
Ufa Leads the Series 1-0
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ufa defeated Magnitogorsk 4-3 in overtime despite a Metallurg goal by ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to Iiro Tarkki in the match. Game Two is Friday.

KHL Game Day: 2-17-13

The end of the regular season...

KHL (Russia):
Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Chelyabinsk 4
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

On the final day of the regular season, Nikita Nesterov snapped his season long scoreless drought with a helper on a Yegor Dugin goal in Chelyabinsk's 4-1 win over Magnitogorsk. The defenseman played 14:17 in the match. Caps first rounger Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 19th goal of the season in the win.

Novgorod 3 vs. Kabarovsk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khavarovsk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 24 GP, 4-8-12, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 30 GP, 4-9-13, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev capped off his season the right way scoring a Second Period even strength goal in 14:00 of ice time in Khabarovsk's 3-2 loss to Novgorod. The goal put Gusev at a half a point a game since his trade to Amur, and he averaged a decent 12:53 of ice time a game for the team.

Cherepovets 3 vs. Nizhnekamsk 4 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, OT Loss, 27/31, 4.00 GAA, .871 sv%
Season totals: 51 GP, 28-20-3, 8 SO, 2.13 GAA, .923 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin, who was named the KHL's Player of the Month for January, dropped his final start of the season 4-3 in overtime to Nizhnekamsk. Koshechkin ends the season with the most shutouts in the KHL at 8. Teammate Denis Kazionov, a former Lightning draft pick, was scoreless in the match and finished with 14 goals and 22 points in 45 games this season.

Dinamo Minsk 2 vs. Ufa 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 32/34, 2.00 GAA, .941 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy capped his regular season by stopping 32 shots in a 3-2 victory over Dinamo Minsk. Ex-Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala had 1 goal and 1 assist for Minsk in defeat.

Dinamo Riga 3 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 16/19, 3.00 GAA, .842 sv%
Season totals: 47 GP, 26-17-4, 5 SO, 2.17 GAA, .928 sv%

Jaroslav Janus completed his superb rookie regular season in the KHL with a 3-1 loss to Dinamo Riga. Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen had Slovan's only goal in the loss. Ex-Lightning forward and Riga captain Martins Karsums scored the game winning goal for Dinamo.

Playoffs:
The playoffs begin Wednesday, with only Gusev's Khabarovsk failing to qualify for the postseason among teams with Lightning prospects. In the Western Conference, Koshechkin and 5th seeded Cherepovets will square off with 4th seeded Yaroslavl Lokomotiv to start the playoffs. Janus and 6th seeded Bratislava draw 3rd seed Dynamo Moscow. In the Eastern Conference, Nesterov and 3rd seeded Trakot Chelyabinsk will get 6th seed Barys Astana. 5th seed Ufa and Andrey Vasilevskiy draw 4th seed Magnitogorsk.

KHL Game Day: 2-13-13

KHL (Russia):
Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Ekaterinburg 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 34 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 14 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov played 14:34 in Chelyabinsk's 3-1 win over sad sack Ekaterinburg. Ex-NHLer Jan Bulis had a helper in the match for Chelyabinsk. They play Magnitogorsk on Sunday.

Nizhnekamsk 1 vs. Ufa 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 3-1-0, 1 SO, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward and Nizhnekamsk captain Martin Cibak was scoreless in their 2-1 loss to Ufa. Lightning prospect Andrey Vasilevskiy did not play for Ufa. Ufa plays Cherepovets on Friday.

Yaroslavl 4 vs. Khabarovsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 22 GP, 3-8-11, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 28 GP, 3-9-12, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 7:37 in Khabarovsk's 4-1 loss to Yaroslavl. Lokomotiv got a hat trick from former NHLer Niklas Hagman in their victory. Khabarovsk plays Mytischi on Friday.

Cherepovets 0 vs. Kazan 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 49 GP, 27-19-3, 7 SO, 2.13 GAA, .922 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin did not dress for Cherepovets' 2-0 loss to Kazan. Kazan got a helper from ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev in the match. Cherepovets plays Ufa on Friday.

Spartak Moscow 3 vs. Bratislava 4 (OT)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 21/24, 2.94 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 46 GP, 26-16-4, 5 SO, 2.15 GAA, .930 sv%

Bratislava overcame a multi-point night by former NHLer Slava Kozlov to defeat Spartak Moscow 4-3 in overtime. Bratislava plays Donetsk on Friday.

Note: Andrey Vasilevskiy's MHL statistics have been updated to reflect the result of three additional starts in early December.

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