Helenius, Riku

European Game Day: 1-28-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Blues 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 17-6-0, 6 SO, 1.54 GAA, .937 sv%

Joni Myllkoski got the start today for JYP in their 4-2 win over Espoo. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a pair of assists in the victory. JYP now sits at 5th on the league table and faces SaiPa on Tuesday. The top 6 spots in the SM-liiga standings earn a first round bye in the playoffs.

KHL (Russia):

First, to clean up a couple of games we missed by Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets:

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Nizhnekamsk 4 @ Cherepovets 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 24/28, 4.00 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 14-9-0, 4 SO, 2.53 GAA, .920 sv%

Ex-NHLer Denis Arkhipov had a goal in Nizhnekamsk's 4-2 win over Cherepovets.

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Yulaev 2 @ Cherepovets 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 27 GP, 14-9-0, 4 SO, 2.53 GAA, .920 sv%

Ex-Kings goaltender Erik Ersberg turned aside 40 shots and 3 of 4 in the shootout in Ufa's 2-1 win over Cherepovets.

And now for today's action:

Kazan 0 @ Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, SO, 28/28, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 15-9-0, 5 SO, 2.43 GAA, .923 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin is sneaking up on Riku Helenius' prospect leading shutouts total of 6. He got his 5th today in a 1-0 win over Kazan. Cherepovets faces Dynamo Minsk on Tuesday.

Dynamo Riga 1 @ CSKA 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 15 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 19 GP, 19-17-36, +12, 38 PIM

Nikita Kucherov assisted on Igor Ozhiganov's third period, game winning goal in CSKA's 2-1 win over Riga. Ex-Lightning prospect Martins Karsums had a helper in the loss for Dynamo. CSKA plays Spartak Moscow on Tuesday.

European Game Day: 1-27-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
Tappara 2 @ JYP 5
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 30/32, 2.00 GAA, .938 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 17-6-0, 6 SO, 1.54 GAA, .937 sv%

Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a hat trick and an assist, too, in JYP's 5-2 win over Tappara. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius was named the game's third star after stopping 30 shots in the victory. JYP faces Espoo on Saturday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 2 @ Yaroslavl Jr. 10
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 1-1-2, E, 4 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 32 GP, 10-16-26, +15, 30 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had a power play goal and a shorthanded assist and somehow managed to earn an even rating in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 10-2 loss to Yaroslavl Jr. He also took a pair of minors for roughing in the match. Chelyabinsk Jr. faces Novgorod Jr. on Sunday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ Farjestads 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 12-6-18, +4, 16 PIM

Per Aslund had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Farjestads to a 3-1 win over Lulea. Lulea faces HV 71 on Tuesday.

European Game Day: 1-21-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 3 @ HIFK 4
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 23 GP, 16-6-0, 6 SO, 1.52 GAA, .936 sv%

HIFK held off a furious rally that included 2 goals in the final 4 minutes of regulation to edge JYP 4-3. HIFK's game winner came off the stick of former Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori while former Lightning forward Eric Perrin contributed a helper for JYP. JYP is off until Friday's match with SaiPa.

Elitserien (Sweden):
AIK 0 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 12-6-18, +5, 16 PIM

Just weeks separated from his U20 WJC Gold Medal triumph with Team Sweden, netminder Johan Gustafsson made 29 stops to help Lulea blank AIK 3-0. Gustafsson was a 6th round draft pick of the Wild in the 2010 draft. Johan Harju took a minor for hooking in the match. Lulea gets Linkopings on Wednesday.

European Game Day: 1-20-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
HIFK 1 @ JYP 3
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 28/29, 1.00 GAA, .966 sv%
Season totals: 23 GP, 16-6-0, 6 SO, 1.52 GAA, .936 sv%

Roll on, Riku Helenius. Roll on. The young netminder allowed only a Mikael Granlund third period goal in JYP's 3-1 win over HIFK. The goal was assisted by former Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori and Granlund's brother Markus. The two teams re-match on Saturday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
CSKA Jr. 3 @ Riga Jr. 4 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 1-1-2, +2, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 18 GP, 16-17-33, +11, 34 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had an even strength goal and assist in the second period of CSKA Jr.'s 4-3 shootout loss to Riga Jr. He also took a pair of minors in the period, as well, but did not get an attempt in the shootout session. CSKA Jr. skates again on Sunday against Poprad.

Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 @ Magnitogorsk Jr. 4 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 29 GP, 7-12-19, +7, 24 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had an even strength and a power play assist in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 4-3 shootout loss to Magnitogorsk Jr. The 2 points put Nesterov at 19 for the season, which matches his total from a season ago, which he put up in 46 games. Chelyabinsk Jr. plays Ekaterinburg Jr. on Sunday.

SM-liiga Game Day: 1-17-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
Karpat 5 @ JYP 4 (OT)
Riku Helenius, JYP, ND, 9/11, 6.00 GAA, .818 sv%
Season totals: 22 GP, 15-6-0, 6 SO, 1.55 GAA, .935 sv%

Riku Helenius left today's game after 20 minutes after allowing 2 goals on 11 shots in JYP's 5-4 OT loss to Karpat. Initial reports indicate the hook was a coaches decision and not an injury. Ex-Bruins draft pick Ivan Huml scored the overtime winner and also had 2 assists for Karpat. JYP faces HIFK next on Friday.

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