The Blackhawks goalie prospect Kevin Lankinen is turning heads with his performance for team Finland at Worlds.
Finland had a huge win over Canada in the first round of Worlds on Friday. The score was 3-1, and the goaltending came up big for team Finland.
Incoming draftee Kappo Kakko had a big goal to lead the tournament off, that the goaltending is almost getting overlooked. But the goaltending was so strong in the Finland vs. Canada game all thanks to Lankinen who made 20 saves on 21 shots.
Lankinen made some incredible saves, including a huge glove save on Brandon Montour to keep the game tied at 1. His goaltending kept Finland in a tight, hard-fought game, keeping them tied up until the very end.
He made a great stop on Anthony Mantha at the end of the game, keeping Finland in the lead by 2.
Big save by #Blackhawks goalie prospect Kevin Lankinen on Mantha. This was Canada's last big chance just before Kakko iced the game for Finland with an empty-net goal to make it 3-1 #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/kDFKZdqXpe
— Four Feathers Podcast (@FourFeathersPod) May 10, 2019
This past year Lankinen played his first AHL game for the Rockford Ice Hogs. In the 19 AHL games Lankinen played, he had a .910 save percentage. He went 7-8-4 with the Ice Hogs and had a 2.50 GGA.
Lankinen signed a 2-year ELC with the Chicago Blackhawks back in May 2018, however, this past stint with the Ice Hogs was his first time playing in North America.
In Finland, Lankinen played for HIFK where he was the starting goaltender, including leading them into the playoffs with a .946 save percentage.
In the 2018-2017 season, Lankinen was injured and was out the majority of the season, but when he came back he came back strong and ready.
This season, before he came up to the AHL, Lankinen played for the Indy Fuel in the ECHL, where his GGA was 3.18 and his save percentage was .893.
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