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Backlund earns bronze at World Championship

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Mikael Backlund is bringing a medal back to Calgary.

The 25-year-old Calgary Flames forward had a goal to help lift Sweden to a 3-0 victory over Jiri Hudler and the Czech Republic in the bronze medal match at the IIHF 2014 World Championship.

Backlund’s goal, his fifth of the tournament and Sweden’s third of the game, came with 11:38 remaining in regulation. He also had a plus-2 rating and led all Swedish forwards in ice time in the game at 16:57.

Hudler was held without a point and finished with a minus-1 rating in 8:40 of ice time.

Backlund finished the tournament with five goals and eight points and a plus-3 rating in 10 games. He led all Swedish forwards in average ice time with 17:50.

Hudler, 30, had a goal and three assists while averaging 14:26 through 10 games.

Both Johnny Gaudreau (United States) and Sean Monahan (Canada) were eliminated in quarterfinal action Thursday. Gaudreau recorded two goals and eight assists in eight games while Monahan recorded two assists in the tournament.

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