Matt Duchene and Viktor Stalberg both made their debuts with Frolunda in the Swedish Elite League on Saturday and for the Colorado Avalanche forward it was a memorable first game.
"I haven't played a game since April, so I'm just dying to get out there with the boys,"Duchene told the Frolunda website on Friday. It showed.
Frolunda edged MODO 4-3 to remain eighth in the Elitserien standings. Stalberg scored his first goal and Duchene contributed two helpers, including this lovely spin-o-rama dish to Fabian Brunnstrom with two minutes remaining in the third period for the game winner:
Duchene and Stalberg's side might be getting stronger very soon. New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist has traveled back home to Sweden and will reportedly meet with Frolunda about the potential of signing with them for the lockout. His twin brother, Joel, is currently the team's leading scorer.
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