Johan Harju had a power play assist in Lulea's 4-3 overtime loss to Sodertalje.
Through 8 games the power forward has 4 goals and 6 points with 10 penalty minutes and a +1 rating. Unfortunately, Harju's club Lulea currently sits in dead last on the Elitserien table.
Matias Sointu was +1 with 2 shots on goal in Ilves Jr. A's 6-2 loss to TPS Jr. A.
Through 6 games played, Sointu has 1 goal and 2 points with 6 penalty minutes and a -5 rating. Ilves is 2-5-1 thus far this season, which is currently second to last in Finnish Jr. A.
Mike Smith played pretty well stopping 39 of 41 shots faced in the game. He deserved better.
18:08 NYR Markus Naslund, (Scott Gomez)
The Lightning appear to me to be a team that is still looking for its new identity. Whether you loved or hated John Tortorella and his system, you knew the Lightning were going to have structure moving out of their zone and you knew that they were going to be disciplined. Tonight the team had no structure moving out of their zone, and because they spent so much time in their own end they took a ton of penalties. The young Lightning defense clutched to chipping the puck up off the boards rather than looking for an outlet pass and getting some speed moving through the neutral zone. That's a problem. They need to show more poise and confidence quickly if the Lightning are going to be successful.
Janne Niskala had 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 16:13. I'd rate his performance as fair.
Vladimir Mihalik had 1 shot and 3 hits in 11:54 in his NHL debut. He beat my expectations. Good job Vladdy.
Steven Stamkos was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 8:25. He was also 50% on draws. He was stopped on a key breakaway in the Third Period that would've given the Lightning the lead. In my opinion, he needs to be up around at least 15 minutes a night and soon for the Lightning's offense to be as potent as it needs to be.
Lightning defensive prospect and 2008 6th round pick Luke Witkowski is reportedly out with an injury and will miss the inaugral season opener of Fargo Force Friday night when they travel to play the Omaha Lancers. The Force is coached by long time UND head coach Dean Blais. The Force begin the USHL season with an eight game road trip, with their home opener on October 30 against the Sioux Falls Stampede.
Witkowski is credited with with first fighting major in Force team history when he dropped the gloves with Blake Thompson of Sioux Falls in Fargo's first exhibition game.
Dimitri Kazionov had a goal and was +1 in Kazan's 8-4 win over Novosibirsk.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Khabarovsk's 4-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk.
Anton But was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in CSKA's 3-1 loss to Cherepovets.
Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Frolunda's 4-1 win over Rogle.
Johan Harju had a power play goal and 4 penalty minutes in Lulea's 3-1 loss to Timra.
Johan Harju had a power play goal and 2 penalty minutes in Lulea's 4-2 loss to Brynas. Harju is off to another hot goal scoring start. His 4 goals in 7 games is tied for 4th in the Elitserien in goal scoring.