Helenius, Riku

European Game Day: 3-3-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Pelicans 6
Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 30/35, 5.07 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 19-8-1, 6 SO, 1.67 GAA, .935 sv%

Riku Helenius and JYP blew a 3-0 first period lead and fell 6-4 to Lahti. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had 2 goals and 1 assist in the comeback win for Pelicans. JYP faces HIFK next on Tuesday. JYP has 5 games left in their regular season.

KHL (Russia):
Western Conference Quarterfinals
(5)Cherepovets 2 @ (4) Mytischi 1 (OT)
Mytischi Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 34/35, 0.87 GAA, .971 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 1.27 GAA, .958 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 16-11-1, 6 SO, 2.37 GAA, .925 sv%

Ondrej Nemec scored 8:37 into overtime to lift Cherepovets to a 2-1 win over Mytischi in Game Three of their opening round series. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin finally got some payoff in the win column, now having allowed just 4 goals in the series' first 3 games. Game Four is Sunday.

Elsewhere, Denis Parshin's overtime goal lifted CSKA to a 3-2 win over St. Petersburg, cutting SKA's series lead to 3-2 over the former Red Army squad. Nikita Kucherov did not appear in the match for CSKA.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ Skelleftea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 15-9-24, +10, 16 PIM

Johan Harju scored the game's opening goal, but Lulea still fell 3-1 to Skelleftea. Second place Skelleftea no doubt got a moral victory from the win, but Lulea has already clinched the Elitserien regular season title. They'll play Vaxjo on Tuesday in the final match of the regular season.

European Game Day: 3-2-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
Ilves 3 @ JYP 4
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 29 GP, 19-7-1, 6 SO, 1.55 GAA, .939 sv%

Ex-Lightning draft pick Matias Sointu had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat in Ilves' 4-3 loss to JYP. Backup Joni Myllkoski got the call in net for JYP. Helenius will likely go tomorrow against Pelicans Lahti. 5 games remain in the SM-liiga regular season. JYP is tied for third in the league, 3 points behind Pelicans and 5 points back of KalPa.

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Russia):
Defenseman Nikita Nesterov has been scratched in the first two games of Chelyabinsk's opening round series against Khanty-Manisysk. The polar bears are tied 1-1 in the series after a 3-1 win on Thursday and a 5-2 loss today.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Nikita Kucherov was still out of the lineup for CSKA Jr.'s 4-3 OT win over Kazan Jr. They play Kirov-Chepetsk on Tuesday.

European Game Day: 2-28-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 5 @ Assat 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Season totals: 29 GP, 19-7-1, 6 SO, 1.55 GAA, .939 sv%

Riku Helenius stopped 29 shots and was second star of the match in JYP's 5-1 throttling of Assat. Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin was first star in the contest with 2 goals and 1 assist. We're heading down the stretch run of the SM-liiga season now, too, with just 7 contests left in the regular season for JYP. They'll face Ilves next on Friday. They're currently tied for 3rd in the SM-liiga with 94 points, 4 back of KalPa for tops in the league. Helenius leads the SM-liiga in GAA, save percentage, and is still tied for tops in shutouts.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Timra 2 @ Lulea 7
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 14-9-23, +9, 16 PIM

Johan Harju assisted on a pair of even strength goals as Lulea put up a touchdown in a 7-2 clubbering of Timra. Ex-Panthers draft pick Toni Koivisto and Blues draft pick Simon Hjalmarsson each had 2 goals for Lulea in the win. With 3 games to go in the regular season, Lulea sits atop the Elitserien table with a 5 point edge on second place Skelleftea. They draw AIK on Thursday.

European Game Day: 2-24-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 2 @ Jokerit 3 (SO)
Riku Helenius, JYP, SOL, 37/39, 1.85 GAA, .949 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 18-7-1, 6 SO, 1.57 GAA, .938 sv%

JYP and Riku Helenius fell in a shootout 3-2 to Jokerit. Ex-Sens prospect Ben Eaves scored the shootout winner for Jokerit. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin assisted on both JYP goals. JYP faces Assat on Tuesday. They currently sit in 5th on the SM-liiga table, in line for a first round playoff bye.

KHL (Russia):
Astana 3 @ Cherepovets 4 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 32/35, 2.79 GAA, .914 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 16-11-1, 6 SO, 2.31 GAA, .927 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin stopped all 3 shooters he faced in the penalty shot session to lead Cherepovets to a 4-3 win over Astana. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski scored his league leading 26th and 27th goals of the season in defeat for Barys. Cherepovets faces Chelyabinsk on Sunday.

European Game Day: 2-21-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 5 @ HPK 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 27 GP, 18-7-0, 6 SO, 1.55 GAA, .937 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-2 win over HPK. JYP faces Jokerit on Friday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 2 @ Khabarovsk Jr. 3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 39 GP, 10-20-30, +13, 64 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov's offensive dry spell continued in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 302 loss to Khabarovsk Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. faces Poprad Jr. next Tuesday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Frolunda 1 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 13-7-20, +4, 16 PIM

Johan Gustafsson made 29 saves to lead Lulea to a 2-1 win over Frolunda. Coming down to the final few games of the regular season, Lulea faces Farjestads on Saturday. They currently hold down the top spot on the league table by 5 points over Frolunda, which is why today's win is so big.

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