Simon Edvinsson and Elmer Soderblom are both being viewed as huge pieces of the puzzle that will help the Detroit Red Wings once again assemble a respectable NHL club in future seasons. In Frolunda, they are already seeing just how brightly that future might be shining.
Two games into the Swedish Hockey League playoffs, Frolunda has grabbed a stunning 2-0 series lead over defending champion Vaxjo by winning a pair of overtime games.
Sunday, Frolunda won 5-4 in double OT and it was Edvinsson who made the key dish to set up the game-winning tally.
Simon Edvinsson Sets Up Winner
Setting up in the high slot, Simon Edvinsson was looking to be set to unleash a one-timer as he was accepting a pass from Radan Lenc. Instead, as the Vaxjo defender was moving into postion to try and block Edvinsson’s shot, he pivoted left and fed the onrushing Nicklas Lasu as he came late into the offensive zone. Left a wide-open lane to the net thanks to Edvinsson drawing the defender up higher in the zone, Lasu snapped a wrist shot home to decide the issue.
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Through two playoff games, Edvinson is plus-5 with five shots and two hits. He skated 25:35 in the Game 2 six-period affair.
In the series opener, Edvinsson pulled a little move out of the Nicklas Lidstrom bag of tricks. Corralling the puck at the point, instead of shooting on goal, Edvinsson banked the puck off the back boards to Ryan Lasch. Lasch quickly fed cross crease to Patrick Carlsson for the tap in tally.
Soderblom Also Shining
That scoring play only came about because Elmer Soderblom moved into the zone on the forecheck and won a puck battle to gain possession for Frolunda.
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Soderblom scored a goal and fired seven shots on goal during the Game 2 triumph. He collected a pair of assists as Frolunda took Game 1 by a 4-3 overtime verdict.
He’s plus-4 with 12 shots and three hits through two playoff games. Soderblom saw 22:46 of ice time in the Game 2 triumph.
The two clubs will be playing Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Tuesday.