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WORLDS: Kruger scores nice goal in blowout win

A full recap of Blackhawks storylines from day seven of the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia

by Chris Wescott / Blackhawks.com

Marcus Kruger had a goal and an assist versus Austria, plus more updates from day seven in Slovakia.

SWEDEN 9, AUSTRIA 1

Blackhawks pending UFA Marcus Kruger had a two-point game, while defenseman Erik Gustafsson fired five shots on goal in Sweden's 9-1 win over Austria on Thursday.

Kruger batted the puck out of the air and into the net at 2:37 of the first period to put the Swedes up 2-0. Sweden finished off the first period up 5-0 and coasted the rest of the way.

Kruger later assisted on Dennis Rasmussen's second-period goal and finished the game with a goal, an assist, and three shots.

Kruger now has a total of two goals and an assist in four appearances. Gustafsson has two assists in four games. Sweden is 3-1-0 through four games. They'll next play Philipp Kurashev's Swiss squad on Saturday.

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CANADA 5, FRANCE 2

Blackhawks forward Dylan Strome had one shot on goal for the Canadians in their 5-2 win over France.

Canada jumped out to a 3-0 lead after a dominating first period, but France managed to make a game of it in the second when Damien Fleury and Anthony Rech pulled them to within one. Anthony Mantha's goal at 8:36 of the third period once again made it a two-goal deficit and Mark Stone scored an additional insurance goal at 10:27 of the final frame.

Strome now has one goal and no assists through four games. Canada is 3-1-0 and sits second in Group A. Canada plays Dominik Kahun's Germany team on Saturday.

FINLAND 3, DENMARK 1

Henri Jokiharju's Finnish squad scored three straight goals to overcome a 1-0 deficit and defeat Denmark on Thursday. Jokiharju was +1 and had a shot on goal in the win.

Prospect Mathias From played his first game of the tournament for Denmark, finishing -1.

Finland is an impressive 3-0-1 in four games and is second in Group A. The Finns take on Great Britain Friday.

CZECH REPUBLIC 6, LATVIA 3

Blackhawks prospect Dominik Kubalik was held without a point in the Czech Republic's 6-3 victory over Latvia.

*Stats above subject to change due to IIHF reporting

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