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Backlund helps push Sweden to OT win over Latvia

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Sweden opened up their preliminary round schedule at the 2016 IIHF World Championship with an overtime win over Latvia.

Sweden's next game is on Sunday when they face off against Denmark.

Mikael Backlund, who is coming off a career season with the Calgary Flames, set up the game's first goal in the first period. Pulling the puck into the offensive zone, Backlund got the puck over to Jimmie Ericsson and he sent a wrist shot past Elvis Merzlikins.

Gustav Nyquist scored the game-winner in overtime, converting on a pass from Alexander Wennberg.

Backlund ended up with 21:31 of ice time and five shots on net on Friday. He was a plus-one in the victory. The pivot is the lone Flame playing in this year's tournament.

The 27-year-old played in 82 games in the 2015-16 season, scoring 21 goals and 47 points. He was fourth in team scoring.

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