Mikael Backlund, who is donning an ‘A’ for Team Sweden at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia, opened the scoring in Wednesday’s 7-3 win over Kazakhstan.
The 27-year-old Calgary Flames centre now has four points in as many preliminary games, which includes three goals and a plus-two rating. He has also fired a team-high 22 shots on goal within that span.
In fact, only tournament leader Gustav Nyquist has more goals for Tre Kroner with five.
Sweden (2-1-0-1) opened the tournament with a slim 2-1 overtime win over Latvia, skated past Denmark 5-2, before being doubled up 4-2 by Czech Republic on Monday. Sweden currently sits third place in Group A behind only Czech Republic and host Russia.
Sweden next faces Norway (1-1-0-2) on Saturday at the Ice Palace in Saint Petersburg. Game time is 3:15 a.m. MT.
Backlund – the lone Flames representative at this year’s World Championships – suited up for all 82 games during the 2015-16 campaign, notching a career-high 21 goals and 47 points to finish fourth in team scoring.