Figren out WHL-style post-season hockey

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

Robin Figren isn't ready to return to his homeland.

The Swedish winger has scored highlight-reel goals in back-to-back games and has been the Calgary Hitmen's best player in the series.

In fact, he looks like a totally different player than the one who managed 27 points in 62 regular-season games.

"He had a spell during the year when he was down on himself. He wasn't scoring," said Hitmen assistant captain Ryan White of Figren.

The Swede, with his bushy playoff beard, wild locks and big smile, resembles a hairy little gremlin.

He's also playing like a little demon.

"But he has a lot of skill and he plays hard every night," White said.

"He's got some nice goals the last couple games and we need that to continue."

The net is starting to look a little larger to the New York Islanders prospect.

It's a completely different story for his countryman, linemate Freddie Pettersson.

A goal-less drought that has reached 14 games and counting has sapped the flashy Swede of the confidence he's known for.

"It's confidence," Pettersson said of his close friend's playoff performance.

"He's been scoring goals.

"He's using his skill and he's taking the puck to the net."

The rest of the Hitmen would do well to take note of Figren's pair of beauties, which were a direct result of driving to the net from bad angles.

The pair of imports have been two of Calgary's most physical players throughout the post-season.

But Figren said he's not frustrated his teammates haven't followed his lead.

"I think we're working hard," the 19-year-old said.

"Our heart is there but we just have to pay attention to details.

"Chipping pucks in, going to get it, taking the body, it's just details.

"We have to get our heads into it."

And quickly.

Before the guillotine falls on the Hitmen's post-season.


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