the island of Djurgården won their last three matches in the regular season, Skellefteå ended with seven straight wins. The strong performance meant that both teams avoided the playoff for the playoffs, and tricks direktplatserna.
the Teams met four times during the regular season where Djurgården won three matches and Skellefteå the latest after the extension. Djurgården chased in addition, revenge from last year's semi-final in the SHL where Skellefteå was too strong and won with a total of 4-2 in matches.
with several hot duels, and there was no doubt that it is the playoffs. In the final stage of the period solved the game up a bit and the teams exchanged chances where the home team was the hottest. Sebastian Strandberg created a neutral but he could not quite get to its finish, and the first period ended in a draw.
man of the Match mittperiod would be more entertaining. Theoretically, Marcus Davidsson received a opening pass after five minutes, which resulted in a new neutral with the AIK's goalkeeper Mantas Armalis who did a good rescue. But it was the away team that would break the zero.
Linus Hultström was expelled after a tripping at Skellefteå's Jesper Jensen had the first on a loose puck. Robin Alvarez in the away team took advantage of the opportunity 28 seconds later and shot in 1-0 Oscar Möller was also noted for his 20th assist of the season. Dick Axelsson was close to equalize for the home team but the shot went in målramen from close range.
in the end, but with 43 seconds left extended Skellefteå the lead by Bud Holloway. He took nicely to receive the puck and shot into the 2-0 by a wrist shot in the left cross.
" I took the puck, looked up and just tried to shoot as hard as possible. Fortunately, walked the puck over the goalie's shoulder and into the goal, " says Holloway.
the island of Djurgården tried to get a reduction but failed to create any decent scoring opportunity in the beginning of the third period. Skellefteå showed up a spirited defense game in the form of the hill Johan Alm that covered a shot in front of goal in a penalty kill.
a puck over the goal line but the goal was sentenced away after a sparkrörelse to hemmasupportrarnas big disappointment. Djurgården picked out the goalie Adam Reideborn in the slutminuter but the result stood and Skellefteå won 2-0.
the Club coach Robert Ohlsson says that it comes down to analyse the match in a good way and to put the focus on Monday.
– Generally speaking, I think we are a bit sloppy with the puck when we're on the road offensively, Skellefteå exploits at his 2-0 goal. Monday's match will have a totally different life, they were a little more restrained now and played a bit more bortahockey, " says Ohlsson.