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After winning the HockeyAllsvenskan’s regular-season championship, Leksands IF and Caps prospect Filip Forsberg secured a place in the Kvalserien — a 10-game round-robin tournament featuring the four best Allsvenskan teams and two worst Elitserien teams. The franchises duke it out to decide which two clubs will play in the top-tier Elitserien next season.
Leksand got a few weeks of rest before tourney while other teams fought for wildcard spots. The break sure seemed to help Leksand, who beat Sodertalje SK and the Nylanders 3-1 in the Kvalserien’s first game in front of a sizable crowd (6,772). Forsberg showed off his skill and speed, scoring twice in the win. His second goal was the game-winner.
Forsberg’s first goal came just 53 seconds into the contest. After a picture-perfect breakout from their zone, Forsberg took a pass at center ice, then turned on the jets to beat a Sodertalje defenseman. The 18-year-old then teased a shot on his forehand before deking and scoring on his backhand.
Four minutes later, Forsberg scored again. This time, after shooting, Forsberg went hard to the net, collected his own rebound, and then beat the Sodertalje goalie to the left post. Scoar. The HockeyAllsvenskan’s Best Under-20 player then celebrated by taking an Ovechkin-esque jump into the glass.
On Saturday, Leksand will face Orebro HK in the second game of the tournament.
Additional reporting by Ian Oland.