Helenius, Riku

European Game Day: 10-29-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 2 @ Assat 0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, SO, 36/36, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-4-0, 3 SO, 1.65 GAA, .932 sv%

Holy smokes! Don't call it a comeback, Riku's been here for years. The former first rounder (pictured) notched his second shutout in back to back days as JYP beat Pori Assat 2-0. He earned first star honors in the victory. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper on the first period goal by Jani Tuppurainen, which turned out to be the game winner. Helenius and JYP face Ilves on Tuesday, and have climbed above the line to the all important 6th position on the SM-liiga table, which gives teams a bye in the opening round of the playoffs.

KHL (Russia):
CSKA 3 @ Cherepovets 2 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, OTL, 25/28, 2.86 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 7-5-0, 1 SO, 2.38 GAA, .926 sv%

Defenseman Mikhail Pashnin scored a game winning goal in overtime to lead CSKA to a 3-2 win over Cherepovets. Cherepovets gets Chekhov on Monday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Skelleftea 0 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 7-3-10, +3, 8 PIM

Johan Harju had a first period goal that turned out to be the winner in Lulea's 2-0 shutout of Skelleftea. Wild draft pick Johan Gustafsson stopped all 26 shots he faced for Lulea. Next up is Farjestads on Tuesday.

European Game Day: 10-28-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 2 @ TPS 0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, SO, 20/20, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-4-0, 2 SO, 1.89 GAA, .916 sv%

In a battle of former first round draft picks, Riku Helenius bested TPS's Marek Schwarz with a 20 save shutout in JYP's 2-0 win. Helenius retakes the Lightning prospect lead in shutouts with 2, and has a very nice GAA of 1.89, now. JYP faces Assat on Saturday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
CSKA Jr. 5 @ Khabarovsk Jr. 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 12 GP, 11-13-24, +4, 8 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

I know one team that's not sending Nikita Kucherov a Christmas card this December. Kucherov assisted on all 3 goals of Nikita Gusev's first period natural hat trick to help lead CSKA Jr. to a 5-2 thumping of Khabarovsk Jr. In the 2 game set with Khabarovsk Jr., Kucherov compiled 1-4-5 and a +5 rating with 10 shots on goal.

European Game Day: 10-25-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
Jokerit 3 @ JYP 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-4-0, 1 SO, 2.21 GAA, .903 sv%

Ex-NHLer Riku Hahl had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Jokerit to a 3-2 win over JYP. JYP plays TPS on Friday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
CSKA Jr. 4 @ Stupino 3 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 10 GP, 10-9-19, -1, 8 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had a power play goal and an even strength helper in CSKA Jr.'s 4-3 shootout win over Stupino. He also failed to convert in his shootout attempt. CSKA Jr. plays Khabarovsk Jr. on Thursday.

European Game Day: 10-23-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
From 10-21-11
JYP 1 @ KalPa 4
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-4-0, 1 SO, 2.21 GAA, .903 sv%

In a game played yesterday, Riku Helenius sat backup on JYP's 4-1 loss to KalPa. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in the match. JYP plays Jokerit on Tuesday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Tyumen 5 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 5-6-11, +11, 16 PIM

Nikita Nesterov took a minor penalty in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-3 loss to Tyumen. Chelyabinsk Jr. faces Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. on Wednesday.

SM-liiga Game Day: 10-21-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
Tappara 3 @ JYP 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 17/20, 3.05 GAA, .850 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-4-0, 1 SO, 2.21 GAA, .903 sv%

Riku Helenius got a rare start in JYP's 3-2 loss to Tappara. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin was held off the board by JYP. JYP faces KalPa tomorrow.

European Game Day: 10-18-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 3 @ Jokerit 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-3-0, 1 SO, 2.04 GAA, .912 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin remained on fire with 1 goal and 1 assist in JYP's 3-2 win over Jokerit, including the game winning goal with 5:03 left in the game. JYP has climbed from the basement of the SM-liiga to 7th on the league table in the past couple of weeks. They face Tappara on Friday.

KHL (Russia):
Novokuznetsk 2 @ Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 29/31, 2.00 GAA, .935 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 6-3-0, 0 SO, 2.51 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Bruins pick Mikko Lehtonen had a pair of goals to lead Cherepovets to a 3-2 win over Novokuznetsk. Cherepovets faces Nizhnekamsk on Saturday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Novosibirsk Jr. 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 5-6-11, +12, 12 PIM

Nikita Nesterov took a minor for elbowing in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-1 pasting of Novosibirsk Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. faces Tyumen next on Saturday.

European Game Day: 10-13-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Lukko 0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 18/18, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-3-0, 1 SO, 2.04 GAA, .912 sv%

That's more like it. Riku Helenius made 18 stops to blank Lukko today in JYP's 4-0 victory. Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist in the match. JYP faces Ilves Tampere on Friday and has now moved up to 9th in the 14 team league.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Kirov-Chepetsk 1 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 7
Nikita Nesterov, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 5-6-11, +12, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had a power play assist and even strength goal in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 7-1 thumping of Kirov-Chepetsk. They draw Novosibirsk Jr. on Monday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 2 @ Skelleftea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 4 PIM

Erik Forssell had a pair of third period goals to lead Skelleftea to a 3-2 victory over Lulea. Lulea draws MODO on Saturday.

European Game Day: 10-11-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
Blues 3 @ JYP 2 (SO)
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-3-0, 0 SO, 2.56 GAA, .896 sv%

Riku Helenius sat backup in JYP's 3-2 shootout loss to Espoo. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin was scoreless in the match for JYP. They face Lukko next on Thursday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. 6 @ Mytischi Jr. 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 4 GP, 5-4-9, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had a game opening power play goal and a third period even strength marker in CSKA Jr.'s 6-2 spanking of Mytischi Jr. CSKA's junior side faces Stupino next on Saturday. We'll see if Kucherov rides the shuttle back up to the KHL in the meantime.

Kazan Jr. 7 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 2
Nikita Nesterov, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 4-5-9, +10, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov's third period power play assist was little consolation for Chelyabinsk Jr. as they were dismantled 7-2 by Kazan Jr. They face Kirov-Chepetsk next on Thursday.

European Game Day: 10-4-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP-5 @ SaiPa 4 (SO)
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-4 shootout win over SaiPa. JYP faces Karpat next on Saturday.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 0 @ Novgorod 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 21/23, 3.00 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0, 0 SO, 2.60 GAA, .917 sv%

Ex-Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin scored to lead Novgorod to a 3-0 win over Cherepovets. Severstal faces Dynamo Riga next on Friday.

CSKA 3 @ Novokuznetsk 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov's scoring streak ended a 1 game after he went scoreless in 7:02 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 win over Novokuznetsk. The forward is averaging 8:36 of ice time per game through 9 games this season. CSKA draws Khabarovsk next on Thursday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Linkopings 2 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 0 PIM

Sami Sandell beat ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena midway through the third period to life Lulea to a 3-2 win over Linkopings. Lulea faces Brynas on Thursday.

European Game Day: 9-30-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 5 @ HIFK 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-2 thumping of HIFK. HIFK features former Lightning draft picks Eero Somervuori and Erikki Rajamaki, who were both scoreless in the match. JYP leaps out of the basement over 3 teams into 11th on the SM-liiga table with the win. They face SaiPa on Tuesday.

KHL (Russia):
Spartak Moscow 2 @ CSKA 1 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

Why do I hate it when 18 year old Russians stay in the KHL rather than coming to North America to develop? This is why. Nikita Kucherov was scoreless and -1 in a sparing 4:59 of ice time in CSKA's 2-1 shootout loss to Spartak. Young players need to play to get better. Period. CSKA faces Novosibirsk next on Sunday. Here's hoping Kucherov actually gets some ice time.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Togliatti Jr. 6 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov. Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-4-8, +10, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was scoreless in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 6-5 shootout loss to Togliatti Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. plays Yaroslavl Jr. next Friday.

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