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Lindell, Finland Win Opener at World Juniors

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Stars defense prospect Esa Lindell and Finland opened the 2014 World Junior Championship with a win Friday, topping Norway, 5-1, in Malmo, Sweden.

Lindell, Dallas’ third round pick (74th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, played on Finland’s top defensive pairing in the game. He had no points, two shots on goal and a plus-two rating.

Finland’s top line of Teuvo Teravainen (Chicago), Saku Maenalanen (Nashville), and Artturi Lekhonen (Montreal) combined for six points in the game.

In Friday’s other game, Slovakia routed Germany, 9-2. Columbus prospect Marko Dano scored two goals for Slovakia and Montreal prospect Martin Renway chipped in with one goal and three assists.

Stars prospect Radek Faksa will be back in action Saturday when Czech Republic takes on Canada in the second game of the tournament for both teams.

Quotable

“Lindell is a big two-way defenseman with the ability to score points. He was the leading scorer of his junior team Jokerit two years ago, when he recorded 51 points in 48 games. He was selected the best player of regular season that year.”

Stars prospect Esa Lindell’s bio in Finland’s Media Guide for the 2014 World Junior Championship

Friday’s results

Slovakia 9, Germany 2
Finland 5, Norway 1

Saturday’s games

United States vs. Slovakia, 6:30 a.m. (NHL Network-US)
Sweden vs. Finland, 8 a.m.
Canada vs. Czech Republic, 10:30 a.m. (NHL Network-US)
Russia vs. Switzerland, Noon

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 DallasStars.com 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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