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KHL Game Day: 9-19-16

Ekaterinburg 3 vs. St. Petersburg 2 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-6-11, +8, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:58 and failed on his only attempt of the penalty shot session in SKA's 3-2 SO loss to Ekaterinburg. Czech forward Petr Koukal had a regulation goal for Ekaterinburg and potted the SO winner in the match.

Liiga Game Day: 9-16-16 and 9-17-16

9-16-16
KooKoo 3 vs. SaiPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 8:22 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 opening game loss to KooKoo. He was also 50% on draws. Salminen started the season centering his club's fourth line.

9-17-16
SaiPa 3 vs. KooKoo 1
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 8:23 of ice time as SaiPa avenged their opening game loss, defeating KooKoo 3-1. He was also 33% on draws. Salminen again centered the team's fourth line.

KHL Game Day: 9-16-16

Astana 3 vs. St. Petersburg 5
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 5-6-11, +8, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev potted a late Third Period insurance goal and had a power play helper as SKA, still depleted by the World Cup of Hockey, edged Barys Astana 5-3. Gusev played 17:36 in the victory. Astana got a pair of helpers from ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski in defeat.

MHL Game Day: 9-15-16

Dynamo Moscow Jr. 4 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3 (SO)
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

It was a tough match for young Oleg Sosunov who took a -3, including a minus on the game tying goal, in Loko Jr's 4-3 SO loss to Dynamo Moscow Jr. Yaroslavl Jr. again went with seven defensemen in the match.

KHL Game Day: 9-13-16

St. Petersburg 4 vs. Cherepovets 0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-5-9, +8, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had even strength and power play helpers for SKA in their 4-0 blanking of Severstal Cherepovets. The forward played 14:37 as St. Petersburg continues to play with a depleted lineup due to the World Cup of Hockey. 2014 Rangers 4th rounder Igor Shestyorkin turned aside all 26 shots he faced for the shutout win.

MHL Game Day: 9-9-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 5 vs. KHK MVD Jr. 2
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM

Oleg Sosunov took a minor penalty for interference in Loko Jr.'s 5-2 win over KHK MVD Jr. Loko Jr. went back to a 7 defenseman lineup today with Sosunov taking one of the spots.

KHL Game Day: 9-9-16

CSKA 2 vs. St. Petersburg 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 2 PIM

Depleted by the World Cup of Hockey, SKA's offensive juggernaut ground to a near halt in their 2-1 loss to CSKA. The team was without key players like Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeny Dadonov for the match. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:35 in the match. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk had a helper in defeat.

MHL Game Day: 9-6-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 3 vs. Novgorod Jr. 0
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Yaroslavl Jr. dressed seven defensemen, but Oleg Sosunov was not in the lineup for the club's 3-0 win over Novgorod Jr. Sosunov is attempting to break into the regular lineup at the MHL level after spending most of last season in the lower tier MHL-B league.

MHL Game Day: 9-4-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 1 vs. Novgorod Jr. 2 (SO)
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Hulking defenseman Oleg Sosunov was scoreless in Loko Jr.'s season opener, which was a 2-1 SO defeat at the hands of Novgorod Jr. After playing just 3 games at the MHL level last season, Sosunov is looking to make the leap to the top junior league in Russia full-time this year.

KHL Game Day: 9-4-16

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Nizhnekamsk 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had the game's opening goal and a minor for slashing in 16:17 of ice time as SKA clobbered Nizhnekamsk 5-1. Captain Pavel Datsyuk had a goal in the victory for SKA, and his 4-3-7 thus far this season matches Gusev's production. Through 6 games, the club is averaging a gaudy 4.5 goals per game.

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