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Lehkonen, SHL Champion

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

After capturing the Champions Hockey League title earlier this season, Montreal Canadiens prized prospect Artturi Lehkonen led his Froluna Indians to the promised land once again on route to becoming SHL playoff champions. At just 20-years of age, Lehkonen played a major role in leading Frolunda to the Swedish Elite League finals, amassing a record-breaking crop of points along the way.

In Game 5 of the SHL final against Skelleftea, Lehkonen and the Indians needed just one more victory to capture the Le Mat Trophy. As he has done throughout the post-season, Lehkonen got Frolunda’s offense going by opening the scoring just 1:46 seconds into the first period. Before the end of the first frame Lehkonen would light the lamp once more to give Frolunda a 3-0 after 20 minutes.

For his first marker, a turnover in the neutral zone enabled Frolunda teammates Ryan Lasch and Lehkonen to break out on a 2-1 before the Habs prospect put the puck in the net to open the scoring. Lehknonen’s perfectly placed shot gave Skelleftea netminder Erik Hanses no chance on the goal.

On his second goal, a superb pass from Lasch set Lehkonen up in the slot. The skilled winger deftly dangled around two defenders before depositing a back hand past Hanses for his second of the night.

With his two goals, the youngster first equalized and then surpassed Frolunda’s previous SHL playoff point record holder, Daniel Alfredsson. Lehkonen concluded his series with an impressive 11 goals and eight assists for a total of 19 points. The Habs former 2nd rounder finished just three points shy of the SHL playoff record established by another Canadiens prospect, Bud Holloway, during the 2011-12 post-season.

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