European Leagues

Elitserien Game Day: 12-28-11

Elitserien (Sweden):
Farjestads 3 @ Lulea 5
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 11-6-17, +7, 10 PIM

Ex-Cornell forward Chris Abbott had 1 goal and 3 points to lead Lulea to a 5-3 win over Farjestads. Lulea draws Djurgardens on Friday.

European Game Day: 12-27-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
SaiPa 2 @ JYP 3 (OT)
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 15 GP, 9-6-0, 6 SO, 1.47 GAA, .932 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had 1 goal and 1 assist, including the helper on the overtime winner, to lead JYP to a 3-2 win over SaiPa. JYP draws Assat next on Thursday.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 3 @ Spartak Moscow 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 26/28, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 22 GP, 11-8-0, 2 SO, 2.57 GAA, .919 sv%

Despite a goal by ex-Flyer Stefan Rucizka with 7 seconds left in regulation, Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets held off Spartak Moscow 3-2. Cherepovets is now off until next Tuesday.

U20 World Junior Championships: Day One

Preliminary Round
Finland 1 @ Canada 8
Brett Connolly, Canada, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM

Senators prospect Mark Stone had a hat trick and Panthers prospect Jonathan Huberdeau had 1 goal and 5 points in Canada's 8-1 slaughter of Finland. Lightning prospect Brett Connolly also had a goal in the contest, and was named an assistant captain for the Canadians. Canada draws Czech Republic next on Wednesday.

Switzerland 0 @ Russia 3
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Russian netminder Andrei Vasilevski weathered 40 shots for the shootout victory in Russia's 3-0 win over Switzerland. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov assisted on the Russian's final goal, an insurance marker by Mikhail Grigorienko late in the second period. For his part, fellow Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov (pictured) continued the theme of his season going +2. No one collects pluses quite like Nikita Nesterov. He also took a minor for interference early in the third period. Russia faces Slovakia next on Wednesday.

Elitserien Game Day: 12-26-11

Elitserien (Sweden):
MODO 2 @ Lulea 3 (OT)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 11-6-17, +6, 10 PIM

Johan Harju switched numbers from 90 to 8 today and got immediate dividends with a goal in Lulea's 3-2 OT win over MODO. MODO got an assist from former Lightning forward Mattias Ritola in the loss. Lulea draws Farjestads on Wednesday.

KHL Game Day: 12-25-11

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 1 @ Khanty-Mansiysk 0 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Win, 33/33, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 21 GP, 10-8-0, 2 SO, 2.60 GAA, .919 sv%

It's a Christmas miracle! Vasily Koshechkin got off the bench and promptly pulled off the rare shootout shutout win stopping 33 shots and both shooters he faced in Cherepovets' 1-0 win over Khanty-Mansiysk. Koshechkin has spent most of the last month in the backup role behind Vadim Tarasov. Cherepovets will draw Spartak Moscow next on Tuesday.

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