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


Acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers on June 30, 2008
Last Team: 
Vastra Frolunda (SWE)


Signing Date: 
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$600 000

Niskala, Frolunda Eliminate Harju, Lulea

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.

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.

Harju, Lulea Fall to Frolunda in Game Two

Johan Harju had a power play goal, but it was not enough, as Lulea fell to Frolunda 4-2 in Game Two of their opening round playoff series. The series is now knotted at 1-1. Lulea was outshot 38-17 in the game. Janne Niskala was scoreless in the match for Frolunda.

Game Three is slated for Monday.

Elitserien Scores 2/24-28

Harju finishes the regular season in style...

Eliserien Scores 2/10-2/23

Harju still riding high...

Sweden Wins LG Games

Sweden went 3-0-0 to capture the LG Games leg of the Euro Tour on Saturday.

Lightning prospect Johan Harju was a late addition to the team and had 1 goal in 3 games for the national team. His goal was an empty netter in a wild 6-4 win over the Czech Republic. Harju also had 2 penalty minutes in the tournament and was +1.

The exiled Radim Vrbata led the Czech Republic in scoring in the tournament with 2 goals and 3 points to go with an even rating in 3 games.

Janne Niskala suited up for Team Finland and was -1 in 3 games in the tournament.

Anton But was a late subtraction from Team Russia in the tournament.

Elitserien Scores 1/26-1/31

A one game scoring explosion propels "Big Joe" to new heights...

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