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Landeskog Records Three Points in Sweden's Rout of Germany

The Swedes respond in a big way on the second day of the World Championship

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Gabriel Landeskog had three points and Team Sweden scored five unanswered goals to defeat co-host Germany 7-2 on Saturday on the second day of the 2017 IIHF World Championship at LANXESS Arena in Cologne.

Landeskog, who had a goal and two assists, was among a trio of Swedes that recorded three-point outings, along with William Nylander (two goals and one assist) and Victor Rask (one goal and two assists). The Colorado Avalanche captain scored on a rebound in front at 9:42 of the third period to extend Sweden's lead to 5-2 and end any hope that Germany had to comeback.

The teams began the game by trading markers, with the Germans tying the contest 2-2 at 5:26 of the second period. Sweden took the lead nearly 10 minutes later on Linus Omark's tally, which began the squad's five-goal run.

Landeskog was on the top line with Elias Lindholm and Rask and finished with 15:55 of ice time. He also assisted on Oliver Ekman-Larsson's game-opening goal 6:56 into the first period and Nylander's tally with 8:01 remaining that made it a 7-2 score.

Fellow Avs forward Carl Soderberg played on Sweden's second forward group with Marcus Kruger and Omark. He won 57 percent of his faceoffs (4-for-7), had an assist on Landeskog's goal, registered three shots and led all forwards in time on ice with 20:25.

Both teams are now 1-1 in prelimary play, as Sweden lost in a shootout to Russia while Germany upset the United States on the first day of action on Friday.

After beginning the tournament with two games in as many days, Sweden will now get a day off on Sunday to prepare for its Monday matchup with the Americans.

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