D’aww. Look how proud he is. (Photo credit: hockeyallsvenskan.se)
Last Tuesday, Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson signed a lockout contract with BIK Karlskoga of the Swedish Allsvenskan League, where the team would only pay his $5,000 monthly insurance fee. Keeping in a tradition that seems to ring true for all Capitals players playing overseas (plus Brads and Biznasty), Johansson is paying instant dividends for his new club, registering his first Allsvenskan League goal in BIK Karlskoga’s 4-2 win over Mora Saturday.
Video is below the jump.
Mojo’s goal is at the 30 second mark. Kings superstar Anze Kopitar also scores for Mora at 1:16.
As BIK defenseman Christian Carlsson rifles the puck around the boards to clear, Johansson, hanging out near his opponent’s blue line, takes the puck in stride and goes in on a semi-breakaway. As Mora goaltender Ervins Mustukovs tries to close-up his five-hole and take away the angle, Marcus rifles a snap shot past his left shoulder. Beautiful.
The goal would also be Johansson’s first point in the Allsvenskan League.
While the lockout obviously sucks like no other, it’s good to see Johansson and his other Capitals teammates have immediate success. If the NHL season starts soon, these guys should be in great shape and should have a bunch of confidence heading into the new year. And that can only be a good thing.