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Weekend Recap: Torey Krug and Loui Eriksson Begin World Championship Action

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

BostonBruins.com - Torey Krug and Loui Eriksson are both in the Czech Republic representing their respective countries in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship, taking place from May 1-17.

Krug kicked off action with Team USA on Friday in Ostrava, notching two assists in a 5-1 win over Finland. It marks his first time every wearing the red, white and blue and competing internationally for the United States.

The Bruins defenseman also picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Norway on Saturday, when Brock Nelson deflected in his point shot. Krug fired three shots on goal in the win.

He has been mostly playing with Carolina Hurricanes blueliner Justin Faulk on the top defense pairing, logging plenty of penalty kill and power play time. He logged 22:42 in ice time in the victory over Norway.

Combined with Team USA's exhibition game against Austria, Krug was the lone U.S. player to have points in each of the team's first three games. He rounds out a young, speedy team that doesn't collectively have much experience playing on an international level.

Eriksson also began play on Friday, with Sweden earning a 6-5 win in the shootout over the Czech Republic. Eriksson is relied upon in all situations, and led all forwards with 21:04 in ice time (something that became customary during the 2014 Olympics as well) and took a team-high 36 shifts. He logged three shots on goal.

He then recorded his first two points of the tournament on Sunday, with two assists in a 6-1 win over Austria. He had four shots on goal through 18:00 of ice time.

The forward looks to be playing on Sweden's top line with Filip Forsberg and Anton Lander. Forsberg was in the Calder Trophy conversation all season, though he was not named a finalist for the award.

Eriksson's international experience playing for Sweden spans more than a decade. This marks his fifth World Championship. He has also suited up for Sweden at the Olympics (2010, 2014), World Junior Championship (2004, 2005) and the 2003 World U-18 Championship.

Krug's U.S. squad was set to play its third game of the tournament on Monday against Russia at 10:15 a.m. ET (live on NBCSN or online via NBC Sports Live Extra).

Eriksson and Sweden were set to face off against Latvia at 10:15 a.m. ET.

A full schedule and live stats for all games are available on IIHF.com. All of Team USA's games will air on NBCSN. The only game that will not be televised live in on Sunday, May 10 against Slovenia (the game will be live streamed and then air on tape delay).

Throughout the tournament, check back for updates about Krug and Eriksson on BostonBruins.com and the Bruins Mobile App.

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