European Leagues

KHL Game Day: 11-6-11

KHL (Russia):
Dynamo Riga 1 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 35/36, 1.00 GAA, .972 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 8-6-0, 1 SO, 2.71 GAA, .918 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets rode into the Karjala break in style with a 4-1 win over Riga. Ex-Lightning prospect Martins Karsums had Dynamo's lone goal, which was his 9th of the year. Cherepovets is off until a week from Wednesday when they'll play Mytischi.

Johan Harju is on Sweden's initial roster for the Karjala tournament. Russia has yet to release theirs, which typically has included Koshechkin. Finland's roster features ex-Lightning players Janne Niskala and Karri Ramo while Czech Republic's features ex-Lightning picks Ivan Rachunek and Marek Kvapil.

European Game Day: 11-5-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 5 @ HIFK 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 10 GP, 6-4-0, 4 SO, 1.51 GAA, .933 sv%

Riku Helenius sat backup on the second half of the back-to-back as JYP defeated HIFK 5-1. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in the win. JYP's next match is a week from Tuesday against TPS as Europe heads into the Karjala Cup break.

Elitserien (Sweden):
AIK 0 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 7-3-10, +2, 8 PIM

Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 2-0 shutout win over AIK. AIK goaltender Viktor Fasth, rumored as a Lightning target in the offseason, stopped 35/37 in the loss. Lulea is off until a week from Thursday for the Karjala Cup, when they'll play Timra.

As expected, Nikita Kucherov did not appear for CSKA Jr. today in their 4-1 loss to Mytischi Jr., as he is headed to North America to participate in the annual Subway Superseries.

European Game Day: 11-4-11

SM-Liiga (Finland)
Pelicans Lahti 2 @ JYP 3 (OT)
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 17/19, 1.96 GAA, .895 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 6-4-0, 4 SO, 1.51 GAA, .933 sv%

Riku Helenius' amazing 3+ game shutout streak ended at 19:04 of the first period, but he still made 17 stops to help JYP to a 3-2 overtime win over Lahti. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory for JYP. The club faces HIFK on Saturday.

KHL (Russia):
Dynamo Minsk 3 @ Cherepovets 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 15 GP, 7-6-0, 1 SO, 2.84 GAA, .914 sv%

Ex-Flames pick Kevin Lalande made 22 stops to lead Minsk to a 3-0 shutout of Cherepovets. Cherepovets will play one of the other Dynamos, Riga, on Sunday.

European Game Day: 11-3-11

MHL (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. 5 @ Spartak Jr. 3
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 14 GP, 13-15-28, +8, 28 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had an even strength and power play goal in CSKA Jr.'s 5-3 win over Spartak Jr. CSKA Jr. draws Mytischi Jr. on Saturday, but Kucherov may have travel plans.

Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
Season totals: 22 GP, 6-8-14, +10, 18 PIM

Nikita Nesterov did not play in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-2 win over Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. He is scheduled to play in all of Russia's matches in the 2011 Subway Super Series against the CHL All-Stars. The first match of that series will be on Monday in Victoriaville against the QMJHL's All-Stars. Nikita Kucherov will also participate in all of the series' matches for Russia.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 2 @ Linkopings 1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 7-3-10, +2, 8 PIM

Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 2-1 win over Linkopings. Linkopings got a goal from former Lightning forward Jan Hlavac and 29 saves from former Lightning pick Fredrik Norrena in the loss. Lulea plays AIK on Saturday.

KHL Game Day: 11-2-11

KHL (Russia)
Poprad 5 @ Cherepovets 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 18/22, 8.17 GAA, .818 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 7-6-0, 1 SO, 2.84 GAA, .914 sv%

That's back-to-back dismal performances for Vasily Koshechkin, as Cherepovets was fed their hats by Slovakian club Poprad today, 5-0. Despite Poprad's offensive onslaught, ex-Bolt Prospect Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless in the match. He did manage a couple of minors for high sticking and delay of game, though. Cherepovets will try to right the ship against Dynamo Minsk on Friday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Spartak Jr. 0 @ CSKA Jr. 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-2-2, +2, 12 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 13 GP, 11-15-26, +6, 20 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had secondary helpers on both goals by Nikita Gusev in CSKA Jr.'s 2-0 win over Spartak Jr. He also got a 2+10 for a hit to the head late in the third period. CSKA Jr. rematches Spartak Jr. on Thursday, with or without their talented offensive dynamo.

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