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The talk of the SHL

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Canadiens prospect Artturi Lehkonen continues to be the talk of the SHL playoffs, as his Frolunda Indians battle it out against Skellefteå in the championship finals.

In the first matchup between the two finalists in Game 1, Lehkonen made an immediate impact. With the Indians trailing by one goal in the 3rd period, the 20-year-old winger set up Joey Crabb for a deflection on the power play to tie the game up at 2-2.

Furthermore, Lehkonen was instrumental in Frolunda’s go-ahead goal as the youngster drew a high-sticking penalty late in 3rd period. The Habs prized prospect would end the night with a big victory in Game 1 and a share of the lead for the SHL playoff scoring race.

The Piikkiö, Finland native’s brilliance extended into Game 2 where the Indian’s leading scorer would light the lamp to score Frolunda’s lone goal of the game. The Habs former 2nd rounder’s power play marker was also his eighth post-season marker, which gives him sole possession of top spot in the SHL playoff goal-scoring race.

This recent bout of post-season success is hardly a surprise for the fearless 5-foot-11 winger, who presently leads the playoffs in both goals and points with 14 points and 8 goals. Moving forward, Lehkonen will look to extend his personal scoring streak to six games in Game 3, which is scheduled for April 19.

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