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World Championship: Klingberg's first assist helps Sweden to win

Stars defenseman sets up game-tying goal as Swedes earn fourth win in five games during preliminary-round play

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defenseman John Klingberg picked up one assist as Sweden edged Switzerland, 4-3, at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia on Saturday.

Klingberg's first assist of the tournament came on the power play and helped Sweden tie the game after falling behind early.

Switzerland grabbed a 1-0 lead 4:09 into the first period on a goal by Sven Andrighetto. But with Sweden on a power play late in the period, Alexander Wennberg won a faceoff back to Klingberg, whose shot from the left point was tipped into the net by Wennberg 1:26 before the intermission.

 

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson's goal with 8:13 remaining snapped a 3-3 tie and gave the Swedes their fourth win in five games during preliminary round play.

Klingberg, who skated on the second defense pair with Nashville's Mattias Ekholm, had the one assist, one shot on goal and a minus-1 rating in 22:50 of ice time. Klingberg has one assist and a plus-1 rating in two games at the tournament, while averaging 19:47 of ice time.

Sweden's next game is Monday against Latvia.

Stars center Radek Faksa and Czech Republic play Austria Sunday. Faksa has one assist in two games for the Czechs.

Faksa had no points and won 10 of 18 faceoffs in 15:20 of ice time as the Czechs defeated Italy 8-0 on Friday. The Czechs are 4-1-0 in the preliminary round.

The 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia is a showcase for NHL players of the present, past and future who are not involved in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 16-nation tournament began May 10 and runs through May 26. For complete coverage, click here.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Mark Stepneski has covered the Stars for DallasStars.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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