Jonathan Lekkerimäki puts up game-tying assist in double overtime win to force a game 7 in Allsvenskan playoff finals
Photo credit:Djurgårdens -- Jay Foster Photography
By Faber1 month ago
The good news continues to roll in for the Vancouver Canucks’ 2022 first-round pick.
Jonathan Lekkerimäki and his team Djurgården went into Friday’s game down 3-2 in the best-of-seven series against MoDo. The winning team earns a promotion to the SHL and both teams desperately want to return to Sweden’s top professional league next season.
Friday’s game six was a thriller, with Djurgården jumping out to a one-goal lead in the first period before MoDo powered back into the game and took the lead with a goal in each of the second and third periods.
With Lekkerimäki’s season hanging in the balance of a six-on-five attack, the 18-year-old won possession in the corner and ended up getting a secondary assist on the game-tying goal.
You’ve heard the story of his season enough, and if you haven’t just go check out some other Lekkerimäki articles here at CanucksArmy.
Instead of going over that again, we have a couple of clips from the game to showcase what we’re talking about in these articles.
Lekkerimäki is moving his feet much better in these playoff games. He drew a power play in the first period and looked confident with the puck during the man-advantage.
You could just tell that Lekkerimäki was locked in for this game. He was confident that he could make a difference in the game and with that confidence, he swung the odds in Djurgården’s favour. The Canucks drafted this player for his offensive abilities and his skill through the neutral zone with short passes and quick puck-possessing bursts through the opposition. We are starting to see the confidence come back in his game and this next clip is an example of that.
We didn’t see him do this very often during the regular season.
We are now patiently waiting for game seven of this series. The game is scheduled for Sunday morning (Pacific Time).
Other Canucks prospects playoff note
The Abbotsford Canucks are in action Friday night against the Calgary Wranglers at 6:00 pm. You can watch the game on AHLtv or listen on the Sportsnet Radio Network. It’s very easy to find on the Sportsnet app.
Josh Bloom and Connor Lockhart begin the Eastern Conference Finals of the OHL as enemies. Bloom’s North Bay Battalion host Lockhart’s Peterborough Petes at 4:00 on Friday night. Game two goes on Sunday at 11:00 am.
Daimon Gardner begins round two of the USHL playoffs tonight at 5:07 on Friday.
We will have you covered for all the Canucks prospects in the playoffs.
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