9/16 Recap: Asplund shines in opener

Rasmus Asplund got his Swedish Hockey League season off to a hot start Saturday, scoring a goal and an assist as Färjestad BK earned a 3-2 shootout victory over Linköping HC.

At 8:21 of the opening frame, Asplund took the puck down the right wing and sent a perfect tape-to-tape pass to the slot to set up Michael Lindqvist for the game's opening goal.

Just over two minutes later, Asplund emerged from a group of bodies on the left side and found space in the left circle to release a shot for his first goal of the season to put FBK ahead 2-0.

Asplund rounded out the effort with two shots on goal, a plus-2 rating, and an impressive 10 wins in 12 tries at the faceoff circle for an 83.3 per cent success rate.

Elsewhere, Victor Olofsson opened the season as the third left-winger, contributing one shot on goal and a plus-1 rating as Frölunda HC got past Mora IK 3-2 in overtime.

Marcus Davidsson did not play as Djurgården IF kicked off the SHL year versus HV71 as he instead is starting off at the J20 level with DIF recently inking NHL veteran Rene Bourque to contract.

Davidsson scored a goal, submitted three shots on goal, and dominated at the dot by winning 13 of his 14 draws as DIF J20 dropped a 4-1 decision to MODO.

In Finland, Oskari Laaksonen scored his first goal of the season as Ilves U20 fell to Jukurit 2-1 in overtime. Laaksonen again logged a load of minutes, skating for 23:40 to eclipse the 23-minute mark for the sixth time in seven games. The power-play marker gives Laaksonen four points (1+3) through seven games.

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