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Faksa, Lindell headed to quarterfinals at World Championship

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars center Radek Faksa and Stars defense prospect Esa Lindell are headed to the quarterfinals at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, which is being played in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Lindell played a team-high 19:32 for Finland as it defeated Canada, 4-0, Tuesday to finish first overall in Group B with a 7-0-0 record. Finland, which has outscored its opponents 29-6, will play Denmark in the quarterfinals, which will be played Thursday.

Lindell had no points, no shots on goal and an even rating in Tuesday’s game. He has registered three points (one goal, two assists) and a plus-four rating in seven games at the tournament. He leads Finland in average ice time at 20:04 per game.

This is Lindell’s second time playing for Finland at the World Championship. He played at last year’s tournament and was named one of Finland’s top three players. He won a gold medal with Finland at the 2014 World Junior Championship. Lindell, who is coming off an outstanding first pro season in North America with the Texas Stars of the AHL, already has been selected to play for Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Faksa, who left for Russia after the Dallas Stars cleaned out their lockers on Friday, arrived in time to play for the Czechs on Sunday. He was the 13th forward in that game and saw only 5:51 of ice time in a 2-1 loss to Denmark.

On Tuesday, he centered the fourth line, had no points, a plus-one rating and won 9 of 17 faceoffs as the Czechs defeated Switzerland, 5-4, to finish 6-0-1 in the preliminary round and take first place in Group A. The Czechs will play the USA in Thursday’s quarterfinal round.

This is the first World Championship for Faksa, who is coming off a solid first NHL season with Dallas. He played three times for the Czechs at the World Junior Championship.

Czech Republic vs. USA

Finland vs. Denmark

Russia vs. Germany

Canada vs. Sweden

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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