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Jets at the Worlds | Day 5

Nikolaj Ehlers held pointless; had three shots on goal in just over 20 minutes of ice time

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 / WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets have seven players participating in the 2017 IIHF World Hockey Championship, held in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany. Check back throughout the tournament for daily updates, highlights and more as Mark Scheifele, Josh Morrissey and Eric Comrie of Canada, Nikolaj Ehlers of Denmark, and Jacob Trouba, Andrew Copp and Connor Hellebuyck of the U.S. go for gold.

DENMARK 4 vs. SLOVAKIA 3 (SO)

Denmark held a 3-0 lead over Slovakia through 40 minutes, but would need a shootout to escape with a 4-3 win on Day 5 at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Morten Green scored the only goal in the shootout, faking to his backhand and sliding the puck on his forehand side past the outstretched leg of Slovakia goaltender Julius Hudacek.

Nikolaj Ehlers had three shots on goal in just over 20 minutes of ice time in Denmark's first win of this year's tournament.

 

 

After Nichlas Hardt opened the scoring for Denmark on the power play in the first period, Denmark would increase the lead 4:46 into the second. Patrik Russell finished off a play that began on the stick of Mathias Bau back in the defensive zone. Bau went end-to-end before threading a pass from near the faceoff dot across the crease to Russell, who redirected it over Hudacek.

With the seconds ticking down in the middle frame, Green chipped an outlet pass around a pinching Slovakian defenceman. The play resulted in a 2-on-1 the other way, with Oliver Lauridsen feeding Morten Poulsen for the tally with three seconds left in the period.

Less than 90 seconds into the third, Slovakia got on the board. Martin Gernat's first of the tournament came off a one-timer from the point, cutting the Denmark lead to two.

With Matias Lassen off for delay of game, Slovakia's power play found twine. After a number of early chances on the man advantage, Marcel Hascak put Vladimir Dravecky's backhand feed into the slot on goal, and Mario Bliznak hammered home the rebound in front of Dahm with 13:55 left in regulation.

Then with Nicholas Jensen off serving a double minor for high sticking, Michel Miklik ripped a one-timer off a cross ice pass from Peter Ceresnak past Dahm to tie the game.

Denmark seemed to take the lead back, after Mikus misplayed the puck at the blue line, Julian Jakobsen broke in shorthanded on Hudacek. The initial shot was stopped, but Mikus slid into his goaltender and the puck slid over the line. After a lengthy review, the officials overturned the call on the ice, and waived the goal off, saying the net had come dislodged.

Up next for Denmark (0-1-0-2) is a match up with Russia (2-1-0-0) on Thursday.

-- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com

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