The team from Jönköping in southern Sweden secured the title with a 3-2 overtime win in yet another thrilling encounter between two teams that have served up a final set to enter the history books as one of the classics. Teemu Laine scored the winning goal at Hovet Arena to seal a 4-2 victory for HV71 in the best of seven series.
With the home supporters in full voice in game six of a final series frequently marred by crowd trouble, Djurgården took advantage of a powerplay in the second period as Andreas Holmqvist struck a powerful shot beyond the reach of HV71’s unsighted goalkeeper Stefan Liv.
But the home supporters were silenced just 25 seconds after taking the lead when Pasi Puistola popped up to tie the game going into the final period.
HV71 made use of a powerplay early into the period to creep into the lead for the first time through David Petrasek, before Kristoffer Ottosson returned the compliment for Djurgården to tie the game. For the fifth time in succession, overtime was needed to separate the two sides.
Djurgården piled on the pressure, with Andreas Engqvist hitting shots against both the goalpost and cross bar before Teemu Laine scored the goal that sent Jönköping home with the Elitserien trophy for the fourth time in the club’s history.