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Sweden starts strong in Lake Placid

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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.

Jesper Fasth
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.
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