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Backlund, Sweden top Finns at World Cup

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

How Swede it is.

Mikael Backlund  and Sweden are now 2-0-0 at the World Cup of Hockey after Tuesday's 2-0 victory over Jyrki Jokipakka  and Finland.

Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves in his shutout performance. The netminder missed Sweden's opening game against Russia on Sunday due to illness, which the Swedes won by a score of 2-1.

Finland, who are now 0-2-0 in preliminary play, went with Tuukka Rask in net. He made 27 saves on the 28 shots he faced.

Defenceman Anton Stralman opened the scoring in the second period, converting on a pass from Henrik Sedin at 9:27. H. Sedin was able to sneak his pass underneath Mikael Granlund's stick, hitting Stralman's tape at the top of the crease.

Loui Eriksson's third period empty-netter iced the win for Sweden, who will play Team North America in their final preliminary game on Wednesday (1:00 PM MT, Sportsnet, ESPN, TVA Sports).

Backlund had one shot and two hits in 10:24 of ice time. Jokipakka finished off with one shot in 10:43 of ice.

Finland could be eliminated from the tournament this week, depending on the result of the Sweden and Team North America game and whether they can gain points in their final preliminary match-up against Russia on Thursday (1:00 PM MT, Sportsnet, ESPN, TVA Sports).

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