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Nicklas Lasu’s Champions Hockey League winning goal in Frolunda’s 4-3 overtime victory over Sparta Prague sent his teammates and home fans into euphoria Tuesday and led to a massive celebration.
The game was played in Sweden’s Frolundaborgs Isstadion, home arena of Frolunda, and the goal came 1:27 into the extra session, which was played 3-on-3. Here is the video of the goal and the ensuing jubilation.
After the puck went into the net past goaltender Tomas Popperle, Lasu was quickly mobbed by his teammates while fans stood up and cheered.
“Of course it’s awesome to stand here and have this win and to be a part of it,” Lasu said according to the tournament’s website. “I got this feeling, like it was going in – before it even went in – so it’s nice.”
After the team received the championship trophy a large amount of confetti was released on the ice surface around the players.
As the celebration continued, defenseman Jonathan Sigalet seemed to really enjoy his moment with the trophy.
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There was also an interesting point near the end of the video where the players saluted the fans as team supporters jumped up and down.
The Champions Hockey League is a tournament in its third season. This year, a total of 48 European teams, not including any from the KHL, played for the championship with games starting on Aug. 16. Sparta plays in the Czech Extraliga, while Frolunda plays in the Swedish Hockey League. It was Frolunda’s second straight Champions Hockey League victory and third consecutive finals appearance. Frolunda forward Joel Lundqvist, twin brother of New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, was named tournament MVP.
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