Rangers draft pick Jesper Fasth
scored on a power play with 7:36 remaining to help Sweden to a 5-3 win over Finland in Monday afternoon's opening international game at the USA National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.
With Finland defenseman Mika Partanen off for holding at 7:02 of the third, Fasth converted an assist from Sebastian Wannstrom for a 3-2 lead after Calle Jarnkrok had scored in the first period and Oliver Ekman-Larsson tallied in the second.
Fasth's goal gave the Swedes a short-lived lead, as the Finns came back to tie it 3-3 at the 11:13 mark before William Wallen made it 4-3 just 29 seconds later.
Wallen's goal stood up as the winner. Sweden added an insurance goal on an Adam Alqvist power-play tally at 13:55.
Fasth, a right wing who will play in the Swedish Elitserien with HV-71 in Jonkoping, Sweden, this season, was selected by the Rangers with a sixth-round pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles.
On Tuesday, Fasth will go head-to-head with fellow Rangers prospects Chris Kreider
and Ryan Bourque
, when Sweden faces Team USA in a 4 p.m. matchup. It's the first of four games for the U.S. World Junior hopefuls who will be looking to defend Team USA's gold medal at Buffalo in January.