Harju, Johan

Lightning Recall Harju from Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced they recalled forward Johan Harju from the Admirals today. Desjardins joins the Lightning with the Admirals on a break until December 26.

Harju, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, has played in seven games with the Lightning this season, recording a goal and two points. He notched his first NHL point on December 4 against Colorado with an assist and followed that up with his first goal December 7 at Calgary.

A native of Overtornea, Sweden, Harju has appeared in 19 games with the Admirals this season in his North American debut, recording 14 goals and 24 points with a plus-8 rating. He leads Norfolk in goals and is tied for the team lead in points. He also is tied for eighth in the AHL in goals.

Harju was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 167th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

AHL Game Night: 12/17/10 Devils at Admirals

Norfolk needs to start defending its home ice better.

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Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the overtime loss. He, like the rest of the Admirals, has struggled mightily to protect third period leads.

First Period
NOR Wright, (7) (Fornataro, Wishart), 2:38
NOR Harju, (14) (Durno, Wishart), 5:04
ALB Swift, (7) (Davis), 12:55

Second Period
ALB Eckford, (2) (Anderson, Gionta), 2:45
NOR Berry, (9) (Durno), 15:56

Third Period
ALB Anderson, (11) (Gionta, Wiseman), 17:57

Overtime
ALB Zharkov, (7) (McIntyre), 2:19

Newly minted captain Chris Durno was the game's third star. Durno's +15 rating is tied for fifth in the league, two pluses back of AHL co-leader Radko Gudas.

Even despite his time up with the big club, Johan Harju still is tied for seventh in the league in goals at 14, three back of Max Pacioretty's mark.

Ty Wishart has points in 4 straight games after having earned just 2 points in his previous 13 games.

Norfolk sits six points back of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for first in the East Division. Count the number of leads they've blown, though: 10/29 and 10/30 against Portland, 11/5 against Charlotte, 11/12 against Adirondack, 11/13 against Bridgeport, 11/24 against Charlotte, and tonight, 12/17 against Albany. That's up to eight points that Norfolk has left on the ice in games where they've held leads in the third period. If Norfolk protected those leads, they'd have the best record in the AHL right now.

The other trend that continues to be a concern is the disparity between Norfolk's road winning percentage (.737) and its home winning percentage (.600). A .600 winning percentage isn't bad, mind you, but when you compare it with the Penguins' .750 mark at home or their .846 mark on the road, it's clear that there needs to be improvement if the Admirals expect to win the division. It's even more important when one considers the Admirals have 30 home games left on their schedule and just 21 on the road. They have to start protecting their home ice better. With the travel other teams have to do to get to Norfolk and the intimidating crowd at Scope, Norfolk should be much better than it has been at home.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Harju Returned to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today they've reassigned forward Johan Harju to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Harju, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, has played in seven games with the Lightning this season, recording a goal and two points. He has two shots on goal and has averaged 8:01 in ice time. Harju recorded his first NHL point on December 4 against Colorado and notched his first goal in the very next game, December 7 at Calgary.

A native of Overtornea, Sweden, Harju has appeared in 17 games with the Admirals this season in his North American debut, recording 13 goals and 23 points with a plus-7 rating. He leads Norfolk in goals, tied for the lead with three power-play goals and is third overall in points. Harju was named the AHL’s Player of the Week for the period ending November 28 after notching six goals and seven points with a plus-5 rating. He also ranks tied for eighth in the league in goals.

He was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 167th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

NHL Game Night: 12/10/10 Lightning at Oilers

The Lightning sacrifice a point in the standings for losing discipline a giving up odd man rushes in the second period.

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Dan Ellis allowed 3 goals on 23 shots before allowed 2 of 3 shooters to convert for the shootout loss. The old man on the other end of the rink stopped 38 of 41 and 2 of 2 in the shootout. I might keep an eye on the old man at the other end of the rink as a potential deadline acquisition.

First Period
05:03 TB Jones (1), unassisted
11:37 EDM Paajarvi (3), Penner (9), Cogliano (5)
17:48 TB Malone (9), Purcell (14), Ohlund (3)(PP)

Second Period
05:46 EDM Hall (10), O'Marra (1)(PP)
16:30 EDM Gilbert (5), Omark (1), Paajarvi (9)(PP)

Third Period
11:33 TB Stamkos (22), St Louis (24), Kubina (7)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- NONE
EDM- Eberle, Omark

Adam Hall was the game's third star.

Edmonton may finish dead last in the West, but they've got an entertaining array of youngsters. BoltProspects readers have been hearing about Linus Omark, who played with Harju for Lulea and Dynamo Moscow, for years. It isn't hot dogging if you can back it up.

The Lightning were way too loose defensively in the second period, and it ultimately cost them the victory. They dominated Edmonton 41-23 in shots and outchanced them, unofficially, a zillion to one but Edmonton had goaltending tonight and the Lightning gave up way too many 2-on-1's. You can't loose focus on defensive responsibilities even when you're tilting the rink in your favor. Can't do it.

Johan Harju had 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:26. Maybe he was upping the ante with Omark in the building, but he seemed more comfortable and more assertive tonight in his limited minutes.

Dana Tyrell had 1 shot in 12:10.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12/7/10 Lightning at Flames

The Lightning looked flat and unprepared to play in the first period.

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Dan Ellis allowed 4 goals on 19 shots on another night where his save percentage ends up being absolutely putrid.

First Period
07:21 CGY Sarich (1), Pardy (1), Morrison (13)
13:46 CGY Kostopoulos (2), Bourque (9), Giordano (11)

Second Period
04:43 CGY Bourque (12), Glencross (5), Backlund (3)
08:35 TB Harju (1), Kubina (6), Jones (7)
19:00 TB Malone (8), Thompson (7), Hedman (10)

Third Period
08:42 CGY Iginla (12), Bouwmeester (8), Bourque (10)(PP)

Ryan Malone was the game's third star.

It shouldn't take 5 goals to win a hockey game where you hold an opponent down to 19 shots, and allowing a long point shot from Cory Sarich to beat you might be grounds for an NHL goaltender to be fired. Halley's Comet visits more frequently than Sarich scores goals.

Mattias Ritola was +1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 13:28. I stand by my statement about the guy being soft along the wall. He's exceptionally bad on the forecheck for a guy who's otherwise fairly good in the defensive third.

Johan Harju dialed up a five-hole goal on Kiprusoff and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:41. The goal was Harju's first in the NHL. I think Kipper may have been baiting Harju to go five-hole and didn't realize Johan's got quite a quick release on his shot.

Dana Tyrell was +1 with 2 shots in 12:26. He worked himself into a shorthanded breakaway on one shift in the game. He still needs to work on his shot, but with his speed he will be a terror on the PK in the near future.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12/4/10 Avalanche at Lightning

Without goaltending, the Lightning keep winning the hard way.

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Dan Ellis allowed 5 goals on 24 shots, but stopped just enough to get the win.

First Period
07:14 TB Thompson (4), Hall (4), Hedman (9)
15:53 COL Dupuis (3), M. Hunwick (3)

Second Period
01:52 TB St Louis (11), Gagne (2), Ohlund (2)
02:44 TB Ritola (2), Harju (1), Tyrell (3)
07:18 COL Duchene (8), Fleischmann (7), Liles (20)
11:07 TB Gagne (2), St Louis (22), Purcell (13)(PP)

Third Period
01:24 COL Stastny (10), Shattenkirk (9), Hejduk (20)
09:06 TB Malone (7), Gagne (3), St Louis (23)(PP)
15:55 TB Bergenheim (5), Lundin (6), Malone (13)
17:49 COL Yip (6), Winnik (4), Duchene (16)(PP)
18:54 COL Shattenkirk (5), Fleischmann (8), Hejduk (21)

Simon Gagne, Martin St. Louis, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars. Gagne is playing superb since returning from injury. Like I've said, I'm hoping Lecavalier comes back just as strong after having had time away to clear off a mediocre start to the year.

I've officially lost faith in Dan Ellis now, too. Yes, there are some goals that are getting in on him that are taking screwy bounces. The problem is that screwy bounces have a strange way of happening to bad goaltenders. There's a black cloud over this goaltending tandem, and sooner rather than later Steve Yzerman needs to do something about it.

Mattias Ritola had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot in 8:53. The goal was BoltProspects' favorite of the season so far, for obvious reasons.

Johan Harju had his first NHL assist and 2 shots and 2 hits in 7:33. Congratulations Big Joe.

Dana Tyrell had an assist and a blocked shot in 10:37.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Harju to Tampa Bay, Roy to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced they have recalled forward Johan Harju (har-YOO) from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today.

Harju, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, has appeared in 17 games with the Admirals in his North American debut, recording 13 goals and 23 points with a plus-7 rating. He leads Norfolk in goals and points, tied for the lead with three power play goals and tied for second in assists. Harju has scored a goal in three of the Admirals’ previous four games. Harju was recently named the AHL’s Player of the Week for the period ending November 28 after notching six goals and seven points with a plus-5 rating. He also ranks tied for third in the league in goals.

A native of Overtornea, Sweden, Harju played in 55 regular season games with the Moscow Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League last season, recording four goals and 18 points. He played two playoff games with Moscow, recording a goal and eight penalty minutes.

Johan Harju Named Reebok/AHL Player of the Week

The American Hockey League announced today that Norfolk Admirals forward Johan Harju has been named Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending November 28, 2010. Harju scored six goals and notched one assist for seven points while posting a plus-5 rating in five games for the Admirals.

Norfolk’s week began in Charlotte last Monday, and Harju scored twice as the Admirals rallied from two goals down to earn a 7-3 victory. Harju netted four points, including a hat trick, to help Norfolk to another come-from-behind win on Friday night, a 6-3 decision at Adirondack, and scored the game-winning goal in the Admirals’ 5-2 victory in Springfield on Saturday.

In recognition of his achievement, Harju will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Admirals home game.

Harju, 24, is in his first season of North American hockey after being drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2007. He leads Norfolk and ranks third in the AHL with 13 goals this season and has a team-high 23 points in 17 games with the Admirals. The native of Overtornea, Sweden, has also appeared in four NHL games with the Lightning, making his NHL debut on Nov. 12 at Pittsburgh.

Harju becomes the first AHL Player of the Week from Norfolk since Mathieu Darche won the award on November 18, 2007.
--Norfolk Admirals press release

AHL Game Night: 11/27/10 Admirals at Falcons

Norfolk's third line runs wild.

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SPR-2

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 15 shots for the win. He continues to lap up the sweet nectar of seemingly unlimited goal support. Goalies everywhere in the AHL must be envious.

First Period
NOR Angelidis, (4) (Giliati, Jackson), 1:57
SPR Kubalik, (7) (Guite, Calvert), 6:18
NOR Labrie, (3) (Wishart, Gudas), 14:29

Second Period
NOR Harju, (13) , 14:45

Third Period
NOR Angelidis, (5) (Labrie), 2:15
NOR Giliati, (3) (Labrie, Angelidis), 6:59
SPR Tarnasky, (3) (Regner), 13:37

Mike Angelidis, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, and (my boy) Stefano Giliati were the game's three stars. Labrie and Giliati are quickly becoming BoltProspects favorites for their ability to provide both grit and lower line scoring for the Admirals. Labrie has 3 goals and 5 points in his last 3 games and Giliati has 2 goals and 6 points in his last 5 games. Keep and eye on these two players. Labrie has a little bit of a funky first step to his skating stride he needs to work out, but he has good size, hits everything that moves, isn't afraid to drop the mitts, and will chip in offensively. At some point, Julien BriseBois and the Lightning need to give serious consideration to giving Labrie either a full AHL ride, or possibly even an NHL entry-level deal. Giliati, despite being small in stature, is pesky and tough on the forecheck, with good speed and skill level.

Johan Harju is now tied with Linus Omark and several others at 23 points for 5th in the AHL in scoring. His 13 goals are third in the league, two back of leader Andrew Gordon of Hershey.

Chris Durno is now tied for the league lead in plus-minus at +14, one plus ahead of Radko Gudas, who improved to +13 and had a helper tonight.

Norfolk closes out the weekend tomorrow afternoon in Bridgeport. They remain 4 points back of the Pens for first in the East Division, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton still holding a game in hand. Norfolk's 85 goals is tops in the AHL, 5 ahead of Hershey.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11/26/10 Admirals at Phantoms

Big Joe is now 7th in the league in scoring.

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Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the win. How spoiled are these netminders, with all the goal support they're getting?

First Period
ADK Syvret, (2) (Kalinski), 0:56
ADK Syvret, (3) (Rowe, Holmstrom), 7:07

Second Period
NOR Harju, (10) (Vernace), 4:27
ADK Pither, (2) (Clackson), 7:34
NOR Berry, (6) (Harju, Gudas), 9:30
NOR Harju, (11) (Quick, Giliati), 11:29
NOR Marks, (1) , 12:34

Third Period
NOR Harju, (12) (Durno), 11:00
NOR Wright, (6) (Szczechura, Fornataro), 19:45

Johan Harju and Tim Marks were the game's first and third stars. "Big Joe" Harju is now tied for 7th in the AHL in scoring, after his 4 point, hat trick effort tonight. For those wondering, he's one point shy of his lifelong teammate, Linus Omark, who has 23 points so far for Oklahoma City. Harju is also tied for third in goals, as well. Again, you have to give credit to Harju for playing so well since being sent back down from Tampa Bay. A lot of young players would have pouted. Harju's running wild with 5 goals and 6 points in 3 games since the demotion. I am beginning to wonder what Johan has left to learn in Norfolk. To me, the holes in his game are his inexperience with Boucher's system and a lack of upper-body strength. Both of those probably would be fixed more quickly in Tampa Bay. That's a good problem to have.

As of this posting, the Admirals have three players in the AHL's top-ten in plus-minus. Chris Durno is tied for first at +14. Radko Gudas is tied for third at +12. Kevin Quick is tied for tenth at +10. Defenseman Scott Jackson is steadily climbing the charts to join his teammates. He is +4 in 4 games since returning from injury on 11/20 and is +8 in 10 games this season.

Stefano Giliati now has 1 goal and 4 points in the last 4 games.

Norfolk jumps back into second place in the East Division, 4 points back of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, with the Pens holding a game in hand. Continuing the trend from last season, Norfolk has been rude houseguests when they travel away from Scope. They are 8-3-2-0 in 13 road games so far this season. They've also played six more road games than home games, which means they'll have a repeat of last year's scenario where they should have a ton of home games in the second half of the year. If they can start winning home games at the same clip as they do on the road, they will be in outstanding shape.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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