Harju, Johan

European Game Day: 9-13-12

Elitserien (Sweden):
Brynas 2 vs. Vaxjo 1 (SO)
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM

Johan Harju assisted on Jorgen Sundqvist's opening goal 31 seconds into the First Period and took a minor for high-sticking in his debut for his new club, Brynas. But, it wasn't until Andreas Thuresson beat ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena in the penalty shootout session that Brynas claimed a 2-1 win over Vaxjo Lakers. Brynas faces HV 71 on Saturday.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 1 vs. CSKA 2 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, OT Loss, 37/39, 1.86 GAA, .949 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-3-0, 0 SO, 2.43 GAA, .928 sv%

Nikita Gusev, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Igor Radulov scored a power play goal off a feed from brother Alexander Radulov 4:40 into overtime to lift CSKA to a 2-1 win over Cherepovets. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev did not play in the match. Cherepovets gets Praha on Saturday while CSKA gets Dynamo Minsk.

Dynamo Minsk 4 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 26/30, 4.01 GAA, .867 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-1, 0 SO, 2.21 GAA, .917 sv%

Ex-Devils draft pick Teemu Laine had 2 goals and 1 assist to lead Minsk to a 4-3 win over Slovan Bratislava. Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus was handed his first regulation defeat of the season. Bratislava faces Chekhov on Saturday.

2012 IIHF World Championships: Day One

USA 7 @ France 2
Nate Thompson was scoreless in 10:40 in Team USA's 7-2 pasting of France. The Alaska native has been named one of USA's assistant captains for the tournament. Islander forward Kyle Okposo led the way with a pair of goals for the Americans. USA draws Canada on Saturday.

Canada 3 @ Slovakia 2
Teddy Purcell assisted on Andrew Ladd's eventual game winning goal in Canada's 3-2 opening game victory over Slovakia. Purcell played 12:19 in the match and was +1 with 2 shots on goal. Canada draws Team USA on Saturday.

Sweden 3 @ Norway 1
Victor Hedman had a pair of minor penalties for holding in 23:49 of ice time in Sweden's 3-1 win over Norway. Hedman finished second on the club in ice time behind Ottawa defender Erik Karlsson, who played 24:13 in the match. Lightning overage prospect Johan Harju did not make Team Sweden's final roster with the late additions of forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Marcus Kruger from the Senators and Blackhawks. Sweden draws the Czech Republic on Saturday.

European Game Day: 3-18-12 and 3-19-12

3-18-12
KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
Ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen scored 1:55 into overtime to lift Kazan to a critical 2-1 Game Three win over top seed Chelyabinsk. Nikita Nesterov did not dress for the match. Chelyabinsk still holds a 2-1 series lead with Game Four set for Tuesday.

SM-slutspel (Sweden):
(7)AIK 3 @ (1)Lulea 0
AIK Wins the Series 4-1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM
Regular eason totals: 53 GP, 15-10-25, +12, 16 PIM

Goaltender Viktor Fasth, who was rumored to be a Lightning free agent target, stopped all 31 shots he faced for AIK in their clinching 3-0 win over Lulea. The series loss is a crushing upset for the league's top seed.

3-19-12
MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals(Russia Jr.):
St. Petersburg Jr. 3 @ CSKA Jr. 2
St. Petersburg Jr. Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., DNP
Playoff totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Nikita Kucherov did not dress for CSKA Jr.'s critical Game Three loss to St. Petersburg Jr. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov has also not appeared for CSKA Jr. in the last couple of matches. Game Four is Tuesday.

European Game Day: 3-16-12

KHL Eastern Conference Seminfinals (Russia):
Evgeny Kuznetsov's third period goal lifted Chelyabinsk to a 2-1 Game Two win over Ak Bars Kazan. Traktor now holds a 2-0 series lead. Kuznetsov, a first round pick of the Capitals, starred on Russia's Silver Medal winning U20 World Junior Championship team earlier this season. Nikita Nesterov did not appear in the match. Game Three is Sunday.

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia Jr.):
CSKA Jr. 3 @ St. Petersburg Jr. 2 (OT)
Series Tied at 1-1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Sergey Barbashev scored 9:46 into overtime to lift CSKA Jr. to a critical 3-2 Game Two win over St. Petersburg Jr. The season is now knotted at 1-1. Game Three is Monday.

SM-slutspel (Sweden)
(1)Lulea 1 @ (7)AIK 4
AIK Leads the Series 3-1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM
Regular eason totals: 53 GP, 15-10-25, +12, 16 PIM

The upset alert is now blaring. Ex-NHLer Dick Tarnstrom assisted on AIK's game opening goal and they did not look back, posting a 4-1 Game Four victory over top seed Lulea. Lulea now faces elimination in Game Five on Sunday.

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