• SHL 2018/9 - quarterfinals review - Luleå v Växjö

SHL 2018/9 - quarterfinals review - Luleå v Växjö

Luleå HF v Växjö Lakers

The team that came in second narrowly missed first place in the regular season (Luleå) put the defending champions (Växjö) out with 4-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Luleå continued to show the form that gained them that second place outscoring the Lakers two to one in the first games putting 18 goals past the blue and orange clad team. Top scorer was defenseman and former Philadelphia Flyers, Erik Gustafsson (pictured) but it was Emil Larsson who found the net most with four goals. Meanwhile keeper, Joel Lassinantti, holds the position he held in the regular season- best keeper in the playoffs so far.

For the Lakers, Linus Sjöberg managed a point per game with 2G+5A in their postseason foray. But the scout who brought in 32 year old Kris Versteeg from the KHL into the squad with his 653 NHL matches should be asking for a pay rise. The 2004 Boston Bruins drafted player brought in 4G+7A in 12 regular season games and was the team's top goal scorer in the postseason with 4 as well as 2 assists, only one point behind Sjöberg.

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