Since being drafted by the Capitals in 2016, Axel Jonsson-Fjällby has been one of the least-expected stars to rise on a talent packed Swedish team. The follicly-gifted forward made a name for himself during the 2018 World Junior Championships, scoring two shorthanded goals and registering two assists to help propel Sweden to win silver.
Since the WJC ended, Jonsson-Fjällby has struggled a bit to maintain his momentum, at times finding himself on the bench of a second-place Djurgården team in a fight for standings points.
That ended today.
In a hard fought game against Gothenburg rivals Frölunda, Jonsson-Fjällby scored twice to secure his club’s first win away against Frölunda since March 2010.
The Swedish forward first maneuvered his way through two Frölunda players in the defensive zone, intercepting the puck on the backcheck before turning it into a breakaway for himself. He then calmly beat the goaltender for his fifth SHL goal of the season.
The goal was similar to his goal against Team Switzerland in the WJC last month.
Axel scored his second goal of the game and sixth of the season late in the second period. The tally gave his team a two-goal lead. It proved to be the game-winning goal for Djurgården, who beat Frölunda 4-2.
Headline photo: Andreas Sandström
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