Russia 4 @ Sweden 1
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Johan Harju had a first period minor for high sticking that led to Russia's game opening goal in Sweden's 4-1 loss today. Ex-Nashville Predator Alexander Radulov had 2 goals and 1 assist for the Russians. Sweden concludes with rival Finland on Sunday.
In the other match of the round, ex-Lightning d-man Janne Niskala had a helper to contribute to Finland's 4-0 shutout of Czech Republic.
Czech Republic 5 @ Sweden 2
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Johan Harju was held scoreless in Sweden's 5-2 blowout loss to the Czech Republic. The Czechs were led by 2 goals by former NHLer Petr Nedved (yes, that Petr Nedved). Ex-Lightning prospect Marek Kvapil was scoreless in the match for the Czechs.
In the other match of the tournament, Russia bested ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo and Finland 2-1 in the shootout on an Alex Radulov conversion. Finland also features ex-Lightning blueliner Janne Niskala. The Russians did not carry Vasily Koshechkin on their roster for the Karjala Cup.
Russia 7 @ OHL All-Stars 10
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM
Vladislav Namestnikov, Russia, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM
In a wild one, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov assisted on a Nikita Gusev goal and Nikita Nesterov added a power play assist, but it was not enough as Russia fell 10-7 to the OHL All-Stars. Ex-Lightning rookie camper Seth Griffith had 1 goal and 3 points for the OHL in the win. The two squads will square off again on Monday.
QMJHL All-Stars 4 @ Russia 5 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Tournament total: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM
Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM
Wow. In a series often dominated by the CHL's all-star teams because the Russians send their second and third string juniors, Russia has had a stunning start. Tonight, they defeated the QMJHL All-Stars 5-4 in the shootout to sweep the opening leg of the Subway Superseries. Up next: the OHL All-Stars tomorrow night. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov (pictured) helped lead the way with the game opening goal and a helper on a late goal that fell 15 seconds short of being the winner. He also converted on his lone shootout attempt. For his part, defenseman Nikita Nesterov was also a solid +3 in the match.
TSN's Bob McKenzie is Tweeting forward Mattias Ritola has cleared unconditional waivers and Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting he will be latching on with MODO of the Elitserien. Ritola, who has spent parts of two seasons with the Lightning since being claimed off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, refused assignment to Norfolk of the AHL last week.
Happy trails to you you too, Ritz.