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Backlund, Sweden to face Canada in World Championship quarter-final

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Mikael Backlund and Sweden will face off against Canada in the 2016 IIHF World Championship quarter-finals on May 19 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Backlund and the Swedes fell 4-1 to Russia in their final preliminary round game on Tuesday, setting the stage for the quarter-final match-ups.

Sweden held a 5-2-0 record in their opening swath of games at the tournament, collecting victories against Switzerland, Latvia, Denmark, Kazakhstan and Norway and falling to the Czech Republic and Russia.

In seven games at the tournament, Backlund -- the Calgary Flames lone representative at the World Championship -- has three goals and four points. He leads all Swedish skaters with 28 shots on net.

Canada has a 6-1-0 record, which ranks second in Group B, heading into the quarter-finals. They finished off their preliminary round with a 4-0 loss to Finland, who leads all of Group B with a spotless 7-0-0 record.

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