It wasn’t the start that Brynas IF wanted in the SHL Finals, but the Flyers prospects did all they could to help the effort.
Oskar Lindblom was once again on the top line left wing and continued his torrid pace in the postseason. Brynas ultimately fell 5-2 in the game, but Lindblom picked up a goal and came inches from getting a few more points in the loss.
Felix Sandstrom was between the pipes for Brynas, but didn’t fare as well. Brynas was outplayed in the game and HV71 deserved the win as they outshot Brynas 31-27 and out-attempted them 45-38. Sandstrom made 26 saves on 30 shots, with HV71’s fifth goal coming on an empty net.
But let’s get to the highlights.
With Brynas down 2-0 early, they headed to a power play where Lindblom scored from his office. He plays in both the slot (ala Brayden Schenn) and down low (ala Wayne Simmonds, but on the opposite side) on the man-advantage.
This time he was in the slot and put home a rebound to get his squad on the board late in the first period.
He positioned himself well and slid the rebound right past the netminder.
Lindblom nearly picked up an assist in the second period, but both of his linemates were denied in the slot. Still, it was a great play from Lindblom off the wall.
He then nearly finished off a give-and-go, but his shot went high and wide.
Lindblom was all over the ice, and everyone was noticing. Most importantly his opposition. HV71 was getting physical with the youngster, even when he didn’t have the puck.
Veteran defenseman Christoffer Persson targeted Lindblom and hit him with a dangerous, unnecessary hit.
The puck was long gone and it was a clear intent to injure, but there was no penalty or discipline for Persson.
For reference Persson has 40 points in 286 games in his SHL career, Lindblom had 47 points this season alone.
Sandstrom’s defense wasn’t doing him any favors, but he came up huge on a breakaway chance.
And then again in the third period he made a nice stop to keep his team in it.
Brynas made one final push on the power play, but Lindblom’s deflection hit iron. Another close call for the youngster.
Lindblom finished the game with a goal, four shots on goal, and two hits in 18:21 of icetime. He continued his point-per-game pace and now has 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 14 playoff games.
Brynas are the underdogs in this final series, but that is a challenge that they are ready to face. They will get right back at it at home on Tuesday evening in game two.
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