European Leagues

Liiga Game Day: 12-26-15

KalPa 4 vs. HPK 1
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 1-1-2, +3, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 4-2-6, +3, 14 PIM

The Cobra strikes! After a somewhat surprising cut from Finland's U20 WJC roster, Jonne Tammela responded with 1 goal and 1 assist in 15:04 of ice time as KalPa smoked HPK 4-1. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori scored the lone goal in defeat for HPK.

KHL Game Day: 12-26-15

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Spartak Moscow 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 20/20, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 36 GP, 15-12-7, 1 SO, 2.32 GAA, .917 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin turned aside all 20 shots he faced for his first SO of the season as Magnitogorsk clubbed Spartak 4-0. Recent signee Alexander Semin chipped in a goal in the victory.

Ufa 2 vs. St. Petersburg 1 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 18 GP, 8-12-20, +4, 2 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 15-19-34, +10, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a minor for holding in 18:50 of ice time in SKA's frustrating 2-1 OT loss to Ufa. Ufa's OT winner was scored by ex-NHLer Enver Lisin. Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk assisted on St. Petersburg's lone goal.

Bratislava 3 vs. Novgorod 0
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 9-7-16, +2, 49 PIM

Carter Ashton came up dry in 18:02 of ice time as Slovan Bratislava blanked Novgorod 3-0. Ex-AHL journeyman Barry Brust stopped all 30 shots he faced for the shutout while ex-NHLer Cam Barker chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist.

KHL Game Day: 12-24-15

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. St. Petersburg 5
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 2-1-3, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 17 GP, 8-12-20, +5, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 15-19-34, +11, 4 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, No Decision, 10/14, 9.17 GAA, .714 sv%
Season totals: 35 GP, 14-12-7, 0 SO, 2.39 GAA, .915 sv%

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and assist and an even strength assist to help propel St. Petersburg to a 5-4 win over Magnitogorsk. Gusev played 13:30 in the win. Gusev's second goal chased Magnitogorsk starter Vasily Koshechkin in the Second Period. Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk also had 1 goal and 3 points for SKA in the win.

KHL Game Day: 12-22-15

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Podolsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 22/24, 2.00 GAA, .917 sv%
Season totals: 34 GP, 14-12-7, 0 SO, 2.30 GAA, .918 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had a pair of assists as Magnitka doubled up Podolsk 4-2. Magnitogorsk sits in 2nd place on the Eastern Conference table by virtue of their division lead in the KHL Kharlamov Division.

Novgorod 6 vs. St. Petersburg 5 (OT)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 9-7-16, +2, 49 PIM

Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 16 GP, 6-11-17, +5, 0 PIM
Season totals: (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 13-18-31, +11, 4 PIM

Carter Ashton had a power play goal in 16:25 of ice time as Novgorod defeated SKA St. Petersburg in a wild 6-5 OT contest. Nikita Gusev had a helper in 16:52 of ice time in defeat. Novgorod also got a pair of helpers from ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev in the win. Novgorod is in 4th in the Western Conference with SKA St. Petersburg currently sitting in 6th.

Liiga Game Day: 12-12-15

Karpat 5 vs. KalPa 3
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 3-1-4, E, 14 PIM

Blue Jackets 7th rounder Markus Nutivaara had 4 assists to pace Karpat in their 5-3 win over KalPa. KalPa is now 0-2 since Lightning prospect Jonne Tammela departed for U20 WJC camp.

Liiga Game Day: 12-11-15

KalPa 1 vs. SaiPa 3
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 3-1-4, E, 14 PIM

Ex-Maple Leafs pick Chad Rau had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead SaiPa to a 3-1 win over KalPa. Lightning prospect Jonne Tammela did not play in the match, as he's off to Finlands U20 WJC camp.

KHL Game Day: 12-11-15

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Magnitogorsk 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 15 GP, 6-10-16, +5, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 13-17-30, +11, 4 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 23/27, 4.02 GAA, .852 sv%
Season totals: 33 GP, 13-12-7, 0 SO, 2.31 GAA, .918 sv%

Nikita Gusev had a power play helper and an even strength helper in SKA's 5-3 win over Magnitogorsk. He played 15:11 in the match. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had a pair of goals in defeat for Magnitka to put him at 28 for the season.

Novgorod 0 vs. CSKA 3
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 25 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 8-7-15, +4, 49 PIM

Carter Ashton got a game misconduct and a major for slashing in the First Period of Novgorod's 3-0 shutout loss to CSKA. He played just 2:04 in the match. Former Syracuse Crunch Geoff Platt had 1 goal and 1 assist to pace CSKA in the win.

KHL Game Day: 12-9-15

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Ufa 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 14 GP, 6-8-14, +6, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 13-15-28, +12, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a pair of power play helpers in 16:03 in SKA St. Petersburg's 5-3 win over Ufa. Gusev, who received a 2-year contract extension from SKA earlier this week, is now at a point a game since joining SKA and matched his point totals from 23 games with Yugra in just 14 with St. Petersburg. Former NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk also had a pair of helpers in the win.

Spartak Moscow 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 2 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Loss, 38/40, 1.85 GAA, .950 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 13-11-7, 0 SO, 2.25 GAA, .920 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin allowed 2 of 2 shooters in the penalty shot session to convert in Magnitogorsk's 3-2 Shootout loss to Spartak Moscow. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy had a helper in the win for Spartak.

Novgorod 3 vs. Cherepovets 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 8-7-15, +4, 24 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 16:07 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-1 win over Cherepovets. Ex-NHLer Sergei Kostitsyn scored the game's opening goal for Novgorod.

Bolt Prospect of the Week

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for the week ending December 7 is … Nikita Gusev, W, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL).

The Goose is loose, but he’s staying in Russia.

Lightning 2012 seventh round pick Nikita “The Goose” Gusev is having another all-star year in the KHL this season, sparking talk that the diminutive playmaker could be joining his good friend Nikita Kucherov in Tampa as soon as next season.

KHL Game Day: 12-7-15

Kazan 2 vs. Novgorod 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 8-7-15, +4, 24 PIM

Carter Ashton had a power play assist on Novgorod's lone goal in their 2-1 loss to Ak Bars Kazan. He played 17:34 in the match. Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev also assisted on the goal.

Sochi 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 34/36, 2.05 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 31 GP, 13-11-6, 0 SO, 2.27 GAA, .919 sv%

Ex-Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn had a goal for Sochi in their 2-1 win over Magnitogorsk.

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