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WORLDS DAY 5: Hischier adds two more points as Swiss stay unbeaten

Devils forward netted two assists to help lead his club to its third win

by Amanda Stein /

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Switzerland: Nico Hischier

Nico Hischier and Switzerland are on top of the Group B standings through three games at the IIHF World Championship.

Hischier continued to contribute to his national team with two more points on Tuesday as Switzerland cruised to a 4-0 shutout victory over Austria.

The 20-year-old and veteran of just two NHL seasons, has centered the Swiss top line in all three matchups with a rotating cast of players on his wings. Regardless who Hischier has played with, he has been able to connect with his teammates.

That was no different against Austria as Hischier assisted the opening goal with a beautiful cross-ice pass to teammate Kevin Fiala (Minnesota Wild) with just 32 seconds left on the clock in the opening period to take the 1-0 lead. The goal would prove to be the game-winner, as well as Hischier's fifth point in seven periods of play.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Nico Hischier with the sauce to help put Switzerland up 1-0. #IIHFWorlds

After a scoreless second period, the Swiss took a 2-0 lead at the 13:02 mark of the third before the game was delayed by nearly 20-minutes when a curved pane of glass needed to be replaced.

The two teams returned to the ice to finish the final 6:12 of the game, which was just enough time for Switzerland to score two more goals and pad their lead.

Hischier was credited with his second point of the game when he dished out a power play assist on the Swiss' third goal with 1:26 left to play. He has six points in three games played.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Nico Hischier with another helper 🍎🍎 #IIHFWorlds

Switzerland outshot Austria 45-18. Hischier played 19:46 to lead all Swiss forwards.

Through three games, Switzerland has conceded just a single goal to their opponent and sit atop the Group B standings. Russia is just behind Switzerland, who have scored three more goals than the Russian team, while also conceding one less.

Next: Switzerland returns to action Wednesday against Norway in a 10:15 a.m. EDT game.


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