Johan Harju had a power play assist in Lulea's 4-3 overtime loss to Sodertalje.
Through 8 games the power forward has 4 goals and 6 points with 10 penalty minutes and a +1 rating. Unfortunately, Harju's club Lulea currently sits in dead last on the Elitserien table.
Matias Sointu was +1 with 2 shots on goal in Ilves Jr. A's 6-2 loss to TPS Jr. A.
Through 6 games played, Sointu has 1 goal and 2 points with 6 penalty minutes and a -5 rating. Ilves is 2-5-1 thus far this season, which is currently second to last in Finnish Jr. A.
Mike Smith played pretty well stopping 39 of 41 shots faced in the game. He deserved better.
18:08 NYR Markus Naslund, (Scott Gomez)
The Lightning appear to me to be a team that is still looking for its new identity. Whether you loved or hated John Tortorella and his system, you knew the Lightning were going to have structure moving out of their zone and you knew that they were going to be disciplined. Tonight the team had no structure moving out of their zone, and because they spent so much time in their own end they took a ton of penalties. The young Lightning defense clutched to chipping the puck up off the boards rather than looking for an outlet pass and getting some speed moving through the neutral zone. That's a problem. They need to show more poise and confidence quickly if the Lightning are going to be successful.
Janne Niskala had 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 16:13. I'd rate his performance as fair.
Vladimir Mihalik had 1 shot and 3 hits in 11:54 in his NHL debut. He beat my expectations. Good job Vladdy.
Steven Stamkos was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 8:25. He was also 50% on draws. He was stopped on a key breakaway in the Third Period that would've given the Lightning the lead. In my opinion, he needs to be up around at least 15 minutes a night and soon for the Lightning's offense to be as potent as it needs to be.
New year. New league to cover for the first time.
Michal Sersen had an assist in Bratislava's 8-1 drubbing of Liptovsky Mikulas.