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World Championship: Klingberg scores as Sweden continues its roll

The Swedes top Switzerland, 5-3, for their sixth straight win

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defenseman John Klingberg scored one goal as Sweden made it six straight wins at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Denmark, topping Switzerland 5-3 on Sunday.

Mikael Backlund tallied four points (one goal, three assists) for Sweden which will wrap up preliminary round play Tuesday against Russia in a game that could determine first place in Group A.

Klingberg staked the Swedes to a 1-0 lead 5:24 into the game with a power-play goal. The Dallas defenseman took a pass from Mika Zibanejad and scored on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle for his first goal of the tournament.

Klingberg, who played 22:21 and had four shots on goal Sunday, is tied for fourth in scoring among defensemen at the tournament with five points (one goal, four assists) in six games.

Stars forward Mattias Janmark, who did not factor in the scoring in Sunday's game, had two shots on goal and played 18:12. Janmark has eight points (three goals, five assists) in six games. He is tied for eighth in scoring at the tournament.

 

Germany 3, Finland 2 (OT)

Finland's Sebastian Aho scored on the power play with 2:06 left in regulation to tie the game and force overtime, but Markus Eisenschmid scored on a two-on-one rush 2:00 into the extra period to lift Germany to a 3-2 win over the Finns on Sunday.

The Finns outshot the Germans 38-15, but Mathias Niederberger came up big in goal for Germany, stopping 36 shots.

Despite the loss, the Finns can still finish first in Group B with a regulation win over the United States in the preliminary round finale for both teams on Tuesday.

Stars defense prospect Miro Heiskanen had no points, no shots on goal, and a plus-1 rating in 19:01 of ice time for Finland. Heiskanen has two assists and a plus-7 in six games and leads Finnish defensemen in ice time at 18:52 per game.

Stars defenseman Julius Honka had no points, one shot on goal, and an even rating in 13:24 of ice time. Honka has one assist and a plus-3 rating through six games and is averaging 14:46 of ice time per game.

 
Czech Republic 6, France 0

David Pastrnak and Roman Horak both scored two goals as Czech Republic routed France 6-0 on Sunday. The Czechs, who had a 55-10 shots advantage in the game, led 3-0 after the first period and 5-0 by the 7:41 mark of the second period.

Stars center Radek Faksa had no points, five shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in 16:04 of ice time while centering the second line with Roman Cervenka and Michal Repik on his wings. Faksa won 10 of 16 faceoffs in the game.

Faksa has one assist through six games, is averaging 17:40 of ice time and has won 51 of 102 faceoffs (50 percent).

The Czechs, who are third place in Group A, wrap up preliminary round play Monday against Austria.

 

Sunday's results

Czech Republic 6, France 0 
USA 9, Norway 3 
Germany 3, Finland 2 (OT) 
Sweden 5, Switzerland 3

 

Monday's schedule

Russia vs. Slovakia, 9:15 a.m. 
Korea vs. Norway, 9:15 a.m. 
Czech Republic vs. Norway, 1:15 p.m. 
Canada vs. Latvia, 1:15 p.m.

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. Follow him on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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