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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.

World Juniors Game Night: 12/21/10

Canada 4 vs. Sweden 1 (Pre-competition)

RW Carter Ashton, CAN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (slashing)
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (tripping)

Canada had a 2-0 lead before Sweden scored, then completed the win with two third period goals Tuesday to move to 2-0 in pre-competition play. Neither Lightning prospect earned a point. Canada plays Thursday night vs. Finland before they open tournament play December 26.

World Juniors Game Night: 12/20/10

Canada 8 vs. Switzerland 0 (Pre-competition)

RW Carter Ashton, CAN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM

Canada came out firing with three first period goals and then scored four in the second period on their way to putting up a snowman in a pre-competition match against Nino Niedereiter and Switzerland. Ashton scored Canada’s final goal in the game. Connolly assisted on a Louis Leblanc goal in the second period. Canada will play Sweden on Tuesday and Finland on Thursday before opening tournament play the day after Christmas. (Pictured: No.28 Brett Connolly celebrates with his teammates after a Canada goal. [HockeyCanada photo])

NHL Game Night: 12/20/10 Hurricanes at Lightning

A feel-good romp in Tampa Bay.

CAR-1
TB-5

Dan Ellis allowed just 1 goal on 22 shots for the victory in a surprise start he was not scheduled for. He made a huge save early in the Second Period that allowed the Lightning to maintain momentum and go on to crush Carolina. That's three straight games where the Lightning's goaltenders have only allowed 1 goal. Beautiful.

First Period
05:48 TB Moore (6), Purcell (16), Tyrell (4)
15:52 CAR Samsonov (6), Skinner (16), Cole (8)(PP)
19:59 TB St Louis (13), Malone (17), Moore (7)

Second Period
14:51 TB Clark (7), St Louis (29), Hedman (11)
16:26 TB Stamkos (26), St Louis (30), Purcell (17)(PP)
18:58 TB Bergenheim (7), Clark (7), Lecavalier (8)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Martin St. Louis, Ellis, and Vincent Lecavalier were the game's three stars.

This was a solid win in a fairly important game. The Canes came into the night six points back of the Lightning, and Carolina happened to be the 9th place team in the conference. So, it was critical for the Lightning to hold serve at home, especially with Cam Ward out with a rash(?) and a young goaltender who was in the AHL last season between the pipes. Now they've got an 8 point spread on 9th place and are 1 point back in the Division with 2 games in hand on the Thrashers. It's a bigger win than it might have appeared on the surface.

Dana Tyrell had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots in 15:07.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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