Washington Capitals’ first-round pick Jakub Vrana scored two goals, including the eventual game-winner, as his Linkoping defeated HV71 in their first game of the SHL playoffs, 3-2. Vrana, who had problems finding the net late in the regular season with just three points in eleven games since the beginning of February, had his first career multi-point postseason game as a pro.
Vrana’s first goal came on a beautiful move to protect the puck, a quick give-and-go and a fine wrister under the bar. That’s tremendous puckhandling.
For his second goal that ended up being a game-winner, Vrana picked up a loose rebound and put it home.
Linkoping and HV71 will meet in game two of the best-of-seven first-round series on Sunday.