Elitserien Game Day: 2/5/11

AIK 3 @ Sodertalje 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-10-0, 0 SO, 2.89 GAA, .890 sv%

Oscar Steen of AIK scored a power play goal 27 seconds into the third period to lift AIK to a 3-2 win over Sodertalje in a key late season Elitserien matchup. Ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll had a goal in the match for Sodertalje, which was his team leading 19th of the season, which is tied for 4th best in the league.

Sodertalje still holds a slim 1 point lead over Timra for 8th on the Elitserien table. But, with regulation wins counting as 3 points in Sweden, the truth is that the race for the final playoff spot and for avoiding the Kval till Elitserien promotion/relegation tournament is a near dead heat between 5 teams heading into the final 8 games of the regular season. Sodertalje sits in 8th at 63 points, Timra in 9th with 62, MODO in 10th with 61, and AIK and Frolunda are just one regulation win back at 60 points and occupying 11th and 12th, respectively. Unfortunately for Sodertalje, they have the second worst goal differential in the league (-25), so the tiebreak scenarios are not favorable to their cause.

The Elitserien is off until 2/17/11 for the LG Hockey Games.