HPK 4 @ JYP 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 11 GP, 6-5-0, 4 SO, 1.56 GAA, .930 sv%
JYP was bounced hard by HPK in the second half of a home-and-home 4-1. JYP will get quite a few days off to lick their wounds, as they don't play again until Friday against Jokerit.
HV 71 2 @ Lulea 1 (OT)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 8-3-11, +2, 8 PIM
Johan Harju's second period goal wasn't enough offense for Lulea, which fell 2-1 to HV 71. Ex-Oilers draft pick Mikko Luoma had the winning goal in overtime. Lulea gets Linkopings on Wednesday.
With the Subway Super Series now over, look for Nikita Nesterov to possibly return to action for Chelyabinsk Jr. tomorrw against Mytischi Jr. CSKA Jr.'s next game is Tuesday against Khanty-Mansiysk Jr., and that game may be Nikita Kucherov's first back.
Lulea 3 @ Timra 2 (SO)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 7-3-10, +2, 8 PIM
Johan Harju scored on the opening attempt of the shootout session to contribute to Lulea's 3-2 win over Timra. Ex-Brandon Wheat King Sami Sandell had 1 goal and 1 assist for Lulea in the victory. Lulea faces HV 71 on Saturday.
Sweden 4 @ Finland 3
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Sweden held off a fierce late game rally to best Scandinavian rival Finland 4-3 in their final match of the Karjala Cup. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo was chased at 13:36 of the second period, and took a no-decision in the match. Ex-Blues d-man Christian Backman had the eventual game winner on a shorthanded goal. For his part, Lightning prospect Johan Harju was scoreless in all 3 games of the tournament.
Elsewhere, Russia got a pair of third period goals to best Czech Republic 2-1. Russia wins the Karjala Cup with a 2-0-1 record in the tournament. Finland, Czech Republic, and Sweden, in that order, rounded out the table.
Russia 4 @ Sweden 1
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Johan Harju had a first period minor for high sticking that led to Russia's game opening goal in Sweden's 4-1 loss today. Ex-Nashville Predator Alexander Radulov had 2 goals and 1 assist for the Russians. Sweden concludes with rival Finland on Sunday.
In the other match of the round, ex-Lightning d-man Janne Niskala had a helper to contribute to Finland's 4-0 shutout of Czech Republic.
Czech Republic 5 @ Sweden 2
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Johan Harju was held scoreless in Sweden's 5-2 blowout loss to the Czech Republic. The Czechs were led by 2 goals by former NHLer Petr Nedved (yes, that Petr Nedved). Ex-Lightning prospect Marek Kvapil was scoreless in the match for the Czechs.
In the other match of the tournament, Russia bested ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo and Finland 2-1 in the shootout on an Alex Radulov conversion. Finland also features ex-Lightning blueliner Janne Niskala. The Russians did not carry Vasily Koshechkin on their roster for the Karjala Cup.