European Game Day: 2-4-12

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 2 @ CSKA 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 29 GP, 15-9-0, 5 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%

What we thought was going to be a Bolt Prospect vs. Bolt Prospect throwdown turned into Nikita Kucherov being -1 with a minor penalty in a paltry 1:56 of ice time in Cherepovets' 2-1 win over CSKA. Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a helper on Igor Ozhiganov's power play goal with 3 seconds remaining in the game to break up Vadim Tarasov's shutout bid. Cherepovets and CSKA are now off until 2-15 for the Euro Hockey Tour break. When they return, Severstal gets Mytischi and CSKA gets Chelyabinsk.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Linkopings 3 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 13-6-19, +3, 16 PIM

Simon Hjalmarsson scored a power play goal with 8:28 left in the third period to lift Linkopings to a 3-2 win over Lulea. The wingers was a 2nd round pick of the Blues in 2007. Lulea is now off until 2-14 when they'll play Brynas.