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Hockey finals

Brynäs win the Elite Hockey League

Publicerat fredag 20 april 2012 kl 08.33
Brynässpelarna kramar om varandra efter segern. Foto: Martin Svensson / Sveriges Radio

Brynäs lifted the Elite Hockey League trophy last night after defeating Skellefteå 2-0 at home in the Läkerol Arena. Celebrations are expected to continue in Gävle on Friday.

Jakob Silfverberg, who hit the post in overtime on Sunday before Skellefteå came back to win that game, scored the first of Brynä's goals 14 minutes into the second period.

''We've lived in a bubble for a few weeks and always believed in this," Silfverberg, who was voted this season's most valuable player in March, told Swedish Radio News after the game.

Silfverberg opened the scoring on Thursday after advancing beyond Skellefteå's blue line and sending a wrist shot into the top corner of the goal.

"This feels magical. I can't describe it," continued Silfverberg, who will play for the Ottawa Senators in the NHL next season.

Brynäs won the first three games in the final series of seven, but it took them three games to claim a fourth and decisive victory after Skellefteå showed signs of clawing their way back into the series.

"Sometimes in sport, things don't go as planned. We weren't effective enough despite creating many chances," Skellefteå's coach Anders Forsberg told Swedish Radio Sport.

The Brynäs team will celebrate the victory, the team's 13th in total, in Gävle on Friday. A flight to Las Vegas then awaits the Brynäs players and staff next week, the daily newspaper Aftonbladet reported last week.

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