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Around The Worlds: Quarterfinals Update

by K. Brown MapleLeafs /

With the group stage completed at the 2019 IIHF World Championships in Slovakia, two Maple Leafs are moving on to the quarterfinals and looking to secure gold for their home nation.

William Nylander leads all players in scoring through the seven round-robin games, averaging over two points-per-game with five goals and 17 points. Nylander has recorded multiple points in each of his past six games, and put up at least one in all of Sweden's games so far, including a remarkable five-point performance against Norway.

Sweden finished the group stage with five wins, finishing third in Group B. The Tre kronor will face their Scandinavian rivals - Finland - in the quarterfinal, with puck drop scheduled tomorrow at 2:15.

After going a perfect 7-0 in the preliminary round, Russia claimed the top spot in Group B. Nikita Zaitsev has been a key pillar on the point for the Russian team, putting up a pair of goals and adding two assists in seven games. Of the seven games played, Russia posted shutouts in four of them and allowed a tournament-low seven goals against.

They now look ahead to the United States, who they will meet in a quarterfinal matchup tomorrow morning.

Martin Marincin and the host Slovakia team were unable to advance to the quarterfinals, finishing with a 3-1-0-3 record. Marincin finished the tournament averaging a point-per-game from the blue line, lighting the lamp three times and adding four assists over seven games. 

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