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Backlund, Sweden top Jokipakka, Finland in World Cup pre-tournament action

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN -- Patric Hornqvist had four points on two goals and two assists to help Team Sweden to a 6-3 victory against Team Finland at Scandinavium on Saturday, in the second of three World Cup of Hockey 2016 pre-tournament games for each team.

Right wing Loui Eriksson scored two goals and left wing Filip Forsberg had three points on a goal and two assists. Center Nicklas Backstrom's goal at 11:54 of the third period wound up being the game-winner for Team Sweden, which made up for a 3-2 overtime loss against Team Finland at Hartwall Arena on Thursday with a dominant performance on its home ice.

Team Finland got goals from defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen and center Mikko Koivu in the final 3:07 of the second period to cut what was a 3-0 deficit to 3-2, but the comeback stalled in the third period, when Team Finland was held to two shots on goal.

Backstrom and Hornqvist scored 2:51 apart in the third to extend the lead back to three goals before team Finland center Erik Haula scored on a blueline in breakaway at 16:34 to make it 5-3. Forsberg capped the scoring with an empty-net goal at 17:53.

Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 11 saves on 14 shots in his pre-tournament debut. Team Finland goalie Tuukka Rask faced 28 shots, stopping 23 of them.

Eriksson gave Team Sweden a 2-0 lead with two power-play goals in the first period. The first came directly off of a pass from Team Sweden center Henrik Sedin and the second came off a pass from left wing Daniel Sedin.

Eriksson, who also scored Thursday, and the Sedins have made up Team Sweden's top line for the first two games and figure to stay together for the start of the tournament, which begins at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Sept. 17. They likely will be the Vancouver Canucks' top line when the NHL season starts next month.

Hornqvist not only scored two goals, but his hit on Team Finland forward Sami Vatanen directly led to Forsberg's empty-net goal. He was credited with his second assist. He also had an assist on Backstrom's game-winner.

Calgary defenceman Jykri Jokipakka had one assist and three hits in his 19:07 of ice time. Flames centre Mikael Backlund played in his first game for Sweden, getting 9:42 of ice time in his World Cup debut.

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