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Josefson, Swedes win again at 2015 worlds

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

Jacob Josefson splits a pair of Austrian defenders in Sunday's world championships action. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jacob Josefson
registered an assist in a second straight game as Sweden routed Austria, 6-1, at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic on Sunday.

Josefson set up Oscar Klefbom for an even-strength marker that made it 2-0 Sweden late in the first period at O2 Arena in Prague. The Swedes jumped out to a 6-0 advantage before Austria broke up Anders Nilsson's shutout bid with under seven minutes to go in regulation.

Filip Forsberg notched a hat trick and added an assist for a four-point game.

Josefson has two helpers in as many games for Sweden, which opened the tournament with a shootout win over the host Czechs on Friday. He registered two of Sweden's 41 shots on Sunday and was plus-1 in 11:02 of ice time.

Sweden continues Group A play against Latvia on Monday.

Artur Gavrus and Team Belarus fell to Slovakia, 2-1, in overtime in Sunday's action at CEZ Arena in Ostrava. Andrej Meszaros scored both goals for the Slovakians, who handed Belarus its first loss of the tournament.

Gavrus had an assist in the Belarusians' opening 4-2 win over Slovenia on Saturday. The Devils' sixth-round selection in 2012, Gavrus recorded one shot in 13:51 of ice time on Sunday.

Belarus faces Denmark in Tuesday's Group B action.

• Sunday's late games included Tuomo Ruutu and Finland topping Denmark, 3-0. Ruutu had four shots in 19:48 of ice time as the Finns rebounded from a 5-1 loss in their opener against the United States on Friday.

Finland is back in action Monday against Norway in Group B play.

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