European Leagues

European Game Day: 1-28-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Blues 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 17-6-0, 6 SO, 1.54 GAA, .937 sv%

Joni Myllkoski got the start today for JYP in their 4-2 win over Espoo. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a pair of assists in the victory. JYP now sits at 5th on the league table and faces SaiPa on Tuesday. The top 6 spots in the SM-liiga standings earn a first round bye in the playoffs.

KHL (Russia):

First, to clean up a couple of games we missed by Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets:

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Nizhnekamsk 4 @ Cherepovets 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 24/28, 4.00 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 14-9-0, 4 SO, 2.53 GAA, .920 sv%

Ex-NHLer Denis Arkhipov had a goal in Nizhnekamsk's 4-2 win over Cherepovets.

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Yulaev 2 @ Cherepovets 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 27 GP, 14-9-0, 4 SO, 2.53 GAA, .920 sv%

Ex-Kings goaltender Erik Ersberg turned aside 40 shots and 3 of 4 in the shootout in Ufa's 2-1 win over Cherepovets.

And now for today's action:

Kazan 0 @ Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, SO, 28/28, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 15-9-0, 5 SO, 2.43 GAA, .923 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin is sneaking up on Riku Helenius' prospect leading shutouts total of 6. He got his 5th today in a 1-0 win over Kazan. Cherepovets faces Dynamo Minsk on Tuesday.

Dynamo Riga 1 @ CSKA 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 15 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM

Nikita Kucherov assisted on Igor Ozhiganov's third period, game winning goal in CSKA's 2-1 win over Riga. Ex-Lightning prospect Martins Karsums had a helper in the loss for Dynamo. CSKA plays Spartak Moscow on Tuesday.

European Game Day: 1-27-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
Tappara 2 @ JYP 5
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 30/32, 2.00 GAA, .938 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 17-6-0, 6 SO, 1.54 GAA, .937 sv%

Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a hat trick and an assist, too, in JYP's 5-2 win over Tappara. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius was named the game's third star after stopping 30 shots in the victory. JYP faces Espoo on Saturday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 2 @ Yaroslavl Jr. 10
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 1-1-2, E, 4 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 32 GP, 10-16-26, +15, 30 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had a power play goal and a shorthanded assist and somehow managed to earn an even rating in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 10-2 loss to Yaroslavl Jr. He also took a pair of minors for roughing in the match. Chelyabinsk Jr. faces Novgorod Jr. on Sunday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ Farjestads 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 12-6-18, +4, 16 PIM

Per Aslund had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Farjestads to a 3-1 win over Lulea. Lulea faces HV 71 on Tuesday.

KHL Game Day: 1-26-12

KHL (Russia):
Poprad 3 @ CSKA 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 12 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM

Undrafted veteran Tomas Netik had a pair of goals to lead Slovakia's KHL team, Poprad, to a 3-2 win over CSKA. Ex-Lightning draft pick Vladimir Mihalik was +1 in 18:51 for Poprad. Current Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov was -1 in 10:44. CSKA draws Riga on Saturday.

Elitserien Game Day: 1-25-12

Elitserien (Sweden):
Linkopings 1 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 12-6-18, +5, 16 PIM

Ex-Panthers draft pick Toni Koivisto scored a pair of goals to lead Lulea to a 3-1 victory over Linkopings. Ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the loss for Linkopings. Lulea faces Farjestads on Friday.

KHL Game Day: 1-24-12

KHL (Russia):
Dynamo Minsk 6 @ CSKA 5
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 11 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM

Fresh off an MHL hat trick, Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov was called up to CSKA's big team where he scored his first career KHL goal in CSKA's 6-5 loss to Minsk. Kucherov played 6:00 even in the match. CSKA plays Poprad on Thursday.

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