On March 24, recent Capitals draft pick Axel Jonsson-Fjallby’s team, Djurgården, played Game 4 of its Swedish Hockey League playoff series against Linköping in Linköping. Two days earlier (March 22), Jonsson-Fjallby scored the game-winning goal against Linköping in Game 3 in a 4-3 victory to take a 2-1 series lead.
The game did not start off well for Djurgården as Mathis Olimb of Linköping was awarded a penalty shot. Fortunately for Djurgården, the goalie saved it. Just 30 seconds later, Jonathan Davidsson retrieved the puck, passed to his brother, Marcus, who then passed it to Jonsson-Fjallby who put it passed the goaltender to stake Djurgården to a 1-0 lead.
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Linköping came out playing hard during the second period but Linus Hultström added a power play goal for Djurgården as they now led 2-0. Kristian Näkyvä of Linköping broke the shutout, making the deficit 2-1. Linus Hultström added another power play goal, on a 5-on-3, to increase the lead back to two goals and an overall score of 3-1.
Djurgården controlled most of the play for the third period but Linköping started to press near the end and pulled their goalie. Former Capitals and AHL affiliate Hershey Bears forward, Andrew Gordon, drew Linkoping within one with a goal of his own, making the game interesting at 3-2. Things became even more dramatic when a Djurgården player took a penalty. With the goalie pulled, it was now a 6-on-4 situation. Jonsson-Fjallby twisted a puck in the middle and it sailed into the empty net for his second goal of the game and a much-needed insurance goal for his team. The score was now 4-2, which proved to be the final score.
Djurgården now has a commanding 3-1 lead in their playoff series against Linköping. They will return home to play Game 5 on March 26.
With his two goals in Game 4, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby now has four goals in this playoff series and leads the league in playoff goals. He also has one assist for five points overall.