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Canada and Sweden all knotted up

Friday, 12.31.2010 / 5:41 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2011 World Junior Championship Blog

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Canada and Sweden all knotted up
Canada and Sweden picked up where they left off in the second period, this time combining for three goals, and will head into the final 20 minutes of regulation play in a 4-4 deadlock here at HSBC Arena.

The winner of today's game will earn two days off and an automatic bye into the semifinal round.

After allowing the go-ahead goal with 0.5 seconds left in the first, Sweden pulled into a 3-3 tie just 52 seconds into the second when Carl Klinberg connected for his second of the game.

Sweden then took its second lead of the game at 2:44 when Jesper Thornberg ripped a shot from the left circle with Canada's Erik Gudbranson providing a screen. Because goalie Olivier Roy had already committed to the butterfly, Thornberg's shot beat the Canadian goalie high to the short side.

Canada then squared the contest on Curtis Hamilton's second of the game. Brayden Schenn, the tournament scoring leader, made the play happen after recovering from a center-ice hit by Sweden's Max Friberg less than a minute earlier.

After shaking off the hit, Schenn eventually found himself on a 2-on-1 break with Hamilton while shorthanded. Schenn waited until the last second before dishing to Hamilton, who was putting on the brakes as the puck arrived at his feet. Even though the puck deflected off Hamilton's skate and past goalie Robin Lehner at 4:37, the officials ruled the goal would stand following a brief review.

Schenn's assist, his 13th point of the tournament (6 goals, 7 assists), put him in a six-way tie with Jordan Eberle (2009, 2010), Patrice Bergeron (2005), David Chyzowski (1990) and Russ Courtnall (1984) for most points in one WJC. He is now 5 points away from equaling Dale McCourt (18 points, 1977) for most points in a WJC.

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Obviously there's a lot of expectations around me but it's something I try not to focus on. I'm just trying to go out there, be myself on the ice every day, try to get better, be myself around the guys in the locker room. I think that's what's made me successful and the person that I am.

— Sabres forward Jack Eichel on transitioning from college hockey to the NHL