Harju, Johan

Elitserien Game Day: 2-25-12

Elitserien (Sweden):
Farjestads 1 @ Lulea 4
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 14-7-21, +6, 16 PIM

Johan Harju scored the game opening goal in Lulea's 4-1 rout of Farjestads. Somewhat unbelievably, Harju is still tied for 15th in the league in goals despite his putrid second-half production. Niklas Olausson had 1 goal and 2 assists for Lulea in the match. With just 4 games remaining in the regular season, Lulea holds the top spot in the Elitserien and a 5 point lead over 2nd place, which is a 3-way tie between Frolunda, Skelleftea, and Brynas. If the season ended today, the 1/8 matchup would be between Lulea and sub-.500 MODO, which holds a 18-22-11 record. Lulea draws Timra next on Tuesday.

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.

European Game Day: 2-18-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
HIFK 3 @ JYP 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 29/32, 3.06 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 18-7-0, 6 SO, 1.55 GAA, .937 sv%

Ex-Lightning prospect Eero Somervuori had 1 goal and 1 assist in a first star effort to lead HIFK to a 3-2 win over JYP. The game marked a rare loss for goaltender Riku Helenius. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin also had a goal in the game for JYP. They face HPK on Tuesday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Chelyabinsk Jr. 1 @ Stupino 5
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 38 GP, 10-20-30, +13, 64 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was -1 with a minor penalty as Chelyabinsk Jr. took a humiliating 5-1 loss at the hands of Stupino. The defenseman has been stuck at 30 points for a few games now. He'll have to wait until Tuesday against Khabarovsk Jr. to see if he can snap out of his slump.

Novosibirsk Jr. 1 @ CSKA Jr. 10
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., DNP
Season totals (KHL): 21 GP, 21-18-39, +11, 40 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

It hardly seems possible, but Nikita Kucherov was out of the lineup for CSKA Jr.'s punishing 10-1 win over Novosibirsk Jr. I know some young men from Siberia who regret getting off the team bus today. CSKA Jr. gets Novokuznetsk Jr. on Monday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Djurgardens 1 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 13-7-20, +4, 16 PIM

Johan Harju assisted on Elias Falth's game winning goal in Lulea's 2-1 win over Djurgardens. Falth, a defenseman, had both of Lulea's goals in the contest. Ex-Lightning prospect Andreas Holmqvist assisted on Djurgardens' lone goal. Lulea plays HV 71 on Tuesday.

European Game Day: 2-16-12

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Omsk Jr. 5 @ CSKA Jr. 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 21 GP, 21-18-39, +11, 40 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had a power play goal and an even strength helper in CSKA Jr.'s 5-2 loss to Omsk Jr. They'll play Novosibirsk Jr. on Saturday.

Chelyabinsk Jr. 2 @ KHK MVD Jr. 3 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 37 GP, 10-20-30, +14, 62 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was not suspended after being thrown out late in his last game, and was +2 in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 3-2 shootout loss to KHK MVD Jr. They will square off with Stupino next on Saturday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
MODO 4 @ Lulea 1
Johan Harju, Lulea, DNP
Season totals: 46 GP, 13-6-19, +3, 16 PIM

Ex-Lightning forward Mattias Ritola had a pair of assists as MODO smacked Lulea 4-1. Ex-NHLer Niklas Sundstrom also had a goal in the match for MODO. Lulea faces Djurgardens on Saturday.

European Game Day: 2-14-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
TPS 1 @ JYP 4
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 16/17, 1.00 GAA, .941 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 18-6-0, 6 SO, 1.49 GAA, .939 sv%

On this Valentine's Day, I think we all can find something to love in the continued resurgence of goaltender Riku Helenius, who posted 16 saves en route to JYP's 4-1 win over TPS. Ducks draft pick Sami Vatanen scored 2 goals in the match for JYP. They face Ilves next on Friday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 2 @ CSKA Jr. 4
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr. 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 20 GP, 20-17-37, +12, 40 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 20 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 36 GP, 10-20-30, +12, 52 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had a power play goal and a minor penalty in CSKA Jr.'s 4-2 win over Chelyabinsk Jr. Fellow Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov was -1 and took an unspecified game misconduct at 16:35 of the match. We'll see now if Kucherov returns to CSKA's KHL team and whether Nesterov faces disciplinary action after today's result. CSKA Jr. faces Omsk Jr. next on Thursday while Chelyabinsk Jr. draws KHK MVD Jr. on Thursday, as well.

Today's head-to-head matchup of Lightning prospects comes on the heels of Saturday's MHL All-Star Game where the West defeated the East 4-2. Nikita Nesterov was -2 with a minor for interference for the losing East side. Nikita Kucherov did not suit up for the match, but his teammate Nikita Gusev had a pair of helpers for the victorious Team West.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 2 @ Brynas 3 (OT)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 13-6-19, +3, 16 PIM

Ex-Predators draft pick Daniel Widing scored 1:37 into overtime to lift Brynas to a 3-2 win over Lulea. Lulea draws MODO on Thursday.

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