Linkopings fell 4-3 to Lulea in double overtime in the opening game of their Elitserien playoff series today. Fredrik Norrena stopped 36 of 40 shots faced in 98 minutes of hockey. Shane Willis scored the game opening goal for Linkopings in the first period.
Anton But, 49 GP, 16-23-39, 26 PIM, (+11)
Alexei Glukhov, 45 GP, 2-14-16, 70 PIM, (-2)
Alexander Polushin, 42 GP, 8-5-13, 14 PIM, (-1)
Albert Vishnyakov, 48 GP, 9-3-12, 78 PIM, (E)
Nikita Alexeev, 40 GP, 6-4-10, 14 PIM, (-3)
Dimitry Kazionov, 40 GP, 2-5-7, 42 PIM (-11)
Vasily Koshechkin, 19-13-6, 1.59 GAA, .934 sv%, 10 SO
Anton But's line was the second most productive in the Superleague combining for a total of 25 goals during the regular season. Alexei Morozov's line with Kazan was the best scoring 34 goals in total. But finished tied for 7th in the league in points, 9th in goals and 10th in assists,
Vasily Koshechkin finished 2nd in the Superleague in GAA, save percentage and shutouts and was named the best "rookie" goaltender in the league.
A masterful game by Coleman.
Gerald Coleman stopped 29 of 30 for the win, but somehow was denied a star of the game. Those were reserved for Zdenek Blatny (1st star) for his assist on the game winning goal to go with a prior power play assist on the first goal and Marek Kvapil (3rd star) who scored it. Norm Milley paid instant dividends scoring his 13th of the season in his return to a reenergized second line that featured he, Ryan Vesce and David Spina.
Clearly Gerald Coleman performs better in a tandem situation where he's in a competition. It worked well for him in London and its working well now with Boutin in Springfield.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.