European Leagues

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.

European Game Day: 9-26-11 and 9-27-11

9/26
KHL (Russia):
Hanty-Mansiysk 2 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 29/31, 2.00 GAA, .935 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 0 SO, 2.51 GAA, .924 sv%

Vadim Shipachev had a hat trick to lead Cherepovets to a 4-2 win over Yugra.

9/27
SM-liiga (Finland):
Lukko 4 @ JYP 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 24/27, 3.09 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Ex-NHL first rounder Kris Beech had a goal in Lukko's 4-1 win over JYP. Riku Helenius and JYP are now languishing in last place on the SM-liiga table. JYP faces Assat on Thursday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 @ Ufa Jr. 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-4-8, +11, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov's mini-cold streak continues, from an offensive standpoint, but he got back on the plus side of the ledger in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 3-1 victory over Ufa Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. gets Togliatti's junior team on Friday.

Elitserien (Sweden)
Farjestads 0 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-5, +2, 0 PIM

Minnesota Wild draft pick Johan Gustafsson had an 18 save shutout in Lulea's 2-0 win over Farjestads. Lulea faces AIK on Thursday.

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