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Artturi Lehkonen adds a game-winning goal to his recent offensive tear

Artturi Lehkonen has been finding a lot of success in the SHL of late.

Frolunda HC

In the derby/rivalry game with Frölunda hosting Färjestad, in front of a sold out Scandinavium (12 044 spectators), it was Artturi Lehkonen that had the game-winner in overtime for the home side.

In the 3-on-3 overtime, Lehkonen paced himself and waited for the perfect pass before slapping the one-timer past (outstanding) goalkeeper Justin Pogge (a former Toronto Maple Leafs pick from 2004). In typical Lehkonen style, he drifted back and let the defenders sink a bit too deep and really let that shot rip into the net.

Before this goal,  Lehkonen helped by assisting on the go-ahead goal for Frölunda midway through the first period, fighting to control the puck and somehow getting it forward to Joel Lundqvist (yes, that's Henrik's brother) before Lundqvist could hang it high.

This was Lehkonen's 14th point in 19 games, for a 0.74 points-per-game average. Last season Lehkonen had 16 points in 47 games, and it seems he really has benefited from a full summer of training.

Here are some quotes from Artturi Lehkonen from an an interview with after the game (held in Swedish - very impressive)

To win in overtime is fun, it is much better to finish the game with a play rather than in a shoot out, and with 3-on-3 overtime there are chances all the time, it is easy to come two against one.

I decided early to go for the one timer, and I put everything behind the shot. It is great to have the game winner in a sold out arena. I know we are on top of the table, and if we keep winning we'll keep being on top of the table.

A big thanks to SHLProspectGIFS for providing the highlights.