European Leagues

European Game Day: 10-4-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP-5 @ SaiPa 4 (SO)
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-4 shootout win over SaiPa. JYP faces Karpat next on Saturday.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 0 @ Novgorod 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 21/23, 3.00 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0, 0 SO, 2.60 GAA, .917 sv%

Ex-Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin scored to lead Novgorod to a 3-0 win over Cherepovets. Severstal faces Dynamo Riga next on Friday.

CSKA 3 @ Novokuznetsk 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov's scoring streak ended a 1 game after he went scoreless in 7:02 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 win over Novokuznetsk. The forward is averaging 8:36 of ice time per game through 9 games this season. CSKA draws Khabarovsk next on Thursday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Linkopings 2 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 0 PIM

Sami Sandell beat ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena midway through the third period to life Lulea to a 3-2 win over Linkopings. Lulea faces Brynas on Thursday.

KHL Game Day: 10-2-11

CSKA 3 @ Novosibirsk 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Finally! Something good happens for Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov! The young sniper assisted on a Dmitri Monya third period goal in 9:05 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 win over Novosibirsk. It was Kucherov's first point of the season. CSKA gets Novokuznetsk next on Tuesday.

Elitserien Game Day: 10-1-11

Elitserien (Sweden):
Timra 4 @ Lulea 1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 0 PIM

Oscar Hedman, older brother of Lightning d-man Victor Hedman, had a power play assist for Timra in their 4-1 win over Lulea. Lulea faces Linkopings on Tuesday.

European Game Day: 9-30-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 5 @ HIFK 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-2 thumping of HIFK. HIFK features former Lightning draft picks Eero Somervuori and Erikki Rajamaki, who were both scoreless in the match. JYP leaps out of the basement over 3 teams into 11th on the SM-liiga table with the win. They face SaiPa on Tuesday.

KHL (Russia):
Spartak Moscow 2 @ CSKA 1 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

Why do I hate it when 18 year old Russians stay in the KHL rather than coming to North America to develop? This is why. Nikita Kucherov was scoreless and -1 in a sparing 4:59 of ice time in CSKA's 2-1 shootout loss to Spartak. Young players need to play to get better. Period. CSKA faces Novosibirsk next on Sunday. Here's hoping Kucherov actually gets some ice time.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Togliatti Jr. 6 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov. Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-4-8, +10, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was scoreless in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 6-5 shootout loss to Togliatti Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. plays Yaroslavl Jr. next Friday.

European Game Day: 9-29-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 2 @ Assat 5
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Riku Helenius did not play in last place JYP's 5-2 loss to Assat. Former Lightning prospect Radek Smolenak had a pair of goals for Assat in the win and is now second in the SM-liiga in goals and tops in the Finnish league in goals with 5.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ AIK 0
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 0 PIM

Johan Harju's power play tally was all Lulea needed to knock off AIK 1-0. Harju is now tied for 8th in the league in scoring and tied for tops in goals. Lulea faces Timra on Saturday.

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