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Krug, Eriksson Advance to Quarterfinal Round at IIHF Worlds

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

BostonBruins.com - Torey Krug and Loui Eriksson have wrapped up preliminary round action at the 2015 IIHF Men's World Championship in the Czech Republic, with both Bruins advancing to the quarterfinal round on Thursday, May 14.

Krug and the U.S. capped off their round-robin play with a 5-4 overtime win against Slovakia on Tuesday to clinch the top spot in their group (Group B). Boston University's Jack Eichel had the OT winner.

Team USA posted a 5-1-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record through seven games, with a plus-8 goal differential (22 goals for, 14 against). Russia, Finland and Belarus round out the other three teams from Group B who advanced to the quarterfinal.

Krug recorded two power play goals and three assists for five points through seven games with a plus-4 rating and a team-high 16 shots on goal. The defenseman averaged 22:05 in ice time per game, behind only fellow blueliners Justin Faulk (23:22) and Seth Jones (22:54).

Krug and the U.S. will face Switzerland in their quarterfinal game on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. ET in Ostrava (live on NBCSN). Eriksson and Sweden will also play their quarterfinal game in Ostrava on Thursday, facing off against Russia at 1:15 p.m. ET.

Sweden finished preliminary round play in Prague with a 4-2 win over France on May 11 in which Eriksson notched an assist. They played their first round games in Group A, finishing second with a 4-2-0-1 record and a plus-15 goal differential (34 goals for, 19 against).

Canada earned the top spot in Group A with a perfect 7-0-0-0 record. The Czech Republic and Switzerland also advanced to the quarterfinal round from Group A.

Eriksson posted three goals (including two power play tallies and a game-winner) and six assists for nine points in seven games, with a plus-5 rating. He averaged two more minutes per game than any other forward on the team (20:03). Only defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson logged more minutes on average per game (24:00).

If Krug and Eriksson advance past Thursday's quarterfinal action, the semifinal games are set to take place in Prague on Saturday, May 16, with the medal games taking place on Sunday, May 17.

Broadcast information for the games can be found on NBCSports.com.

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