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.