Lehkonen scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's win over the Lightning. Lehkonen's points came less than three minutes from each other, as he knocked home a rebound out of midair and then set up Max Domi's insurance score in the third frame. These two marks give Lehkonen a career-high 29 points through 80 games.
Lehkonen scored a goal and was plus-3 in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Panthers. Lehkonen has not developed into the finisher Montreal had hoped for, but Tuesday's goal was the second in his last three games. That counts as a scoring binge for the forward that ranks fifth on the team in shots (157) but 15th in shooting percentage (6.4 percent). That he's skating on the second line with Montreal's leading scorer, Max Domi, brings some hope that he can continue the scoring spree,
Lehkonen was promoted to the second line for Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports. He finished with three shots, two blocked shots and one hit over 14:30 of ice time. Lehkonen was promoted off the fourth line despite having scored just once in the past 34 games. He took the spot of the struggling Jonathan Drouin on a line with Max Domi, one of the team's best playmakers, and Andrew Shaw. Julien defended the move, reminding reporters that Lehkonen hit a post and had a scoring chance stymied by Corey Crawford. Lehkonen has a 5.3 shooting percentage, which suggests he's not a finisher.
Lehkonen scored his eighth goal of the season in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks. Lehkonen had gone without a point in 15 straight entering the night before being the first to crack Sharks goalie Martin Jones. The Finnish winger has 25 points in 68 games this season, just three shy of his career-high 28 from his rookie year. He gets only trace amounts of power-play time and cannot be trusted as a point producer while skating on the fourth line.
Lehkonen failed to score for an 18th consecutive game in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs. Lehkonen surpassed an earlier stretch of futility when he went 17 games without a goal between Oct. 6 and Nov. 13. There was a sense that the Finn was snakebitten in 2017-18, when he created a significant number of scoring chances relative to his teammates, but was unable to finish. This season, Lehkonen ranks fourth in scoring chances (99) and fifth in high-danger scoring chances (41) but is still not burying those opportunities. At some point, it may not be about bad luck and more about the 23-year-old's finishing ability.
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