European Leagues

MHL Game Day: 1-23-12

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Ekaterinburg Jr. 2
Nikita Nesterov, 1-1-2, +5, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 31 GP, 9-15-24, +15, 26 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Is this the week where we learned Nikita Nesterov has outgrown the MHL? He had an even strength goal and assist and was a gaudy +5 today in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-2 thumping of Ekaterinburg Jr. He also took a minor for hooking in the match. Chelyabinsk Jr. faces Yaroslavl Jr. on Friday.

MHL Game Day: 1-22-12

MHL (Russia):
CSKA Jr. 9 @ Poprad Jr. 4
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 3-0-3, +1, 4 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

You know, a point a game pace is impressive, but a goal a game pace is borderline ridiculous. That's what Nikita Kucherov's MHL season looks like after he had a hat trick today in CSKA Jr.'s 9-4 win over Poprad. One of Kucherov's three talleys came on the power play and he also took a double minor for roughing as the game got chippy late in the third period. CSKA Jr. is off until Wednesday when they'll play Bobriusk.

Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Ekaterinburg Jr. 3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 30 GP, 8-14-22, +10, 24 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had 1 goal and 3 points, including a shorthanded assist, in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-3 victory over Ekaterinburg Jr. The two teams rematch on Monday.

European Game Day: 1-21-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 3 @ HIFK 4
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 23 GP, 16-6-0, 6 SO, 1.52 GAA, .936 sv%

HIFK held off a furious rally that included 2 goals in the final 4 minutes of regulation to edge JYP 4-3. HIFK's game winner came off the stick of former Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori while former Lightning forward Eric Perrin contributed a helper for JYP. JYP is off until Friday's match with SaiPa.

Elitserien (Sweden):
AIK 0 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 12-6-18, +5, 16 PIM

Just weeks separated from his U20 WJC Gold Medal triumph with Team Sweden, netminder Johan Gustafsson made 29 stops to help Lulea blank AIK 3-0. Gustafsson was a 6th round draft pick of the Wild in the 2010 draft. Johan Harju took a minor for hooking in the match. Lulea gets Linkopings on Wednesday.

European Game Day: 1-20-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
HIFK 1 @ JYP 3
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 28/29, 1.00 GAA, .966 sv%
Season totals: 23 GP, 16-6-0, 6 SO, 1.52 GAA, .936 sv%

Roll on, Riku Helenius. Roll on. The young netminder allowed only a Mikael Granlund third period goal in JYP's 3-1 win over HIFK. The goal was assisted by former Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori and Granlund's brother Markus. The two teams re-match on Saturday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
CSKA Jr. 3 @ Riga Jr. 4 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 1-1-2, +2, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 18 GP, 16-17-33, +11, 34 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had an even strength goal and assist in the second period of CSKA Jr.'s 4-3 shootout loss to Riga Jr. He also took a pair of minors in the period, as well, but did not get an attempt in the shootout session. CSKA Jr. skates again on Sunday against Poprad.

Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 @ Magnitogorsk Jr. 4 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 29 GP, 7-12-19, +7, 24 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had an even strength and a power play assist in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 4-3 shootout loss to Magnitogorsk Jr. The 2 points put Nesterov at 19 for the season, which matches his total from a season ago, which he put up in 46 games. Chelyabinsk Jr. plays Ekaterinburg Jr. on Sunday.

European Game Day: 1-19-12

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 @ Magnitogorsk Jr. 5
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 28 GP, 7-10-17, +7, 24 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had a power play assist and a minor penalty in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-3 loss to Magnitogorsk Jr. The two clubs rematch on Friday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 0 @ Timra 1 (OT)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals:

In a barn burner, Joakim Lundstrom made 34 saves in his 1-0 overtime shutout of Lulea. Lulea faces AIK on Saturday.

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