Niskala, Janne

World Championships Quarterfinals: 5/6

Karri Ramo again served as backup goaltender as Team USA knocked off Finland 3-2 in the World Championships quarterfinals. Janne Niskala was -1 with 5 shots on goal in 21:59 for the Finns.

Frolunda Eliminated in Elitserien Playoffs

After successfully eliminating top flight Lightning prospect Johan Harju and Lulea, Elitserien power moved on to face HV 71 in the semifinals in a clash of league titans. Unfortunately, Janne Niskala and Frolunda weren't quite up to the task...

Janne Niskala

Basics
Position: 
Defense
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
187
Age: 
27
Acquired: 
Acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers on June 30, 2008
Last Team: 
Vastra Frolunda (SWE)
Contract
Signing Date: 
07/02/2008
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$600 000

Niskala, Frolunda Eliminate Harju, Lulea

3/11:
Janne Niskala had 2 goals and 2 assists, all on the power play, as Frolunda put Lulea on the brink of elimination defeating the upstarts 5-1. Frolunda took a 3-1 series lead with the victory. Johan Harju was scoreless in the match.

3/12:
Lulea's season ended with a nailbiting 1-0 loss to Frolunda. Janne Niskala and Johan Harju were scoreless in the match.

Harju ends his playoffs with 4 goals and 5 points in 5 games. The power forward was also -2 and 48% on draws. Niskala's 4 point game in Game Four was all of his scoring in the five game series. The defenseman was also -2 in the series.

Harju Still Shining, But Lulea Falls In Game Three

Despite yet another power play goal by Johan Harju, Lulea fell apart in the third period in a 5-1 Game Three loss to Frolunda. Lulea is now down 2-1 in the opening round playoff series. Harju also set up a breakaway in the third period with his club down 3-1, but former NHLer Lubos Bartecko was unable to convert for Lulea. Defenseman Janne Niskala took a third period interference penalty in the match for Frolunda.

Harju is tied for the lead in playoff scoring with 5 points in 3 games, and tied for the league best in playoff goals with 4. All of Harju's goals have come with the man advantage.

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