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Klingberg, Honka, Nichushkin advance to semifinals

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

John Klingberg, Julius Honka, and Valeri Nichushkin all advanced to the semifinals at the 2017 World Championship in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany Thursday.

Klingberg and Sweden topped Switzerland, Honka and Finland ousted the United States, and Nichushkin and Russia defeated Czech Republic. Canada defeated Germany to secure the fourth spot in the semifinals.

This year's semifinals will feature two of hockey's best international rivalries. Klingberg and Sweden will face Honka and Finland in one of Saturday's semifinal games. Nichushkin and Russia will take on Canada in the other semifinal game.

Here's the latest on the Dallas players in the tournament.

John Klingberg, D, Sweden

Klingberg recorded no points, two shots on goal and a plus-two rating as Sweden defeated Switzerland, 3-1, in the quarterfinals Thursday. Nicklas Backstrom, William Nylander, and Alex Edler scored goals, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots for Sweden. Klingberg again played on a defense pair with Edler and logged 17:46 of ice time in Thursday's game. Klingberg has five points (one goal, four assists), a plus-seven rating and is averaging 18:39 of ice time in eight games. He is tied for fifth in scoring among defensemen at the tournament, and he is tied for fifth in plus/minus rating among all players.  

Julius Honka, D, Finland

Honka had no points and played 17:57 of ice time as Finland defeated Team USA, 2-0, in the quarterfinals. Mikko Rantanen and Joonas Kemppainen scored goals, and Harri Sateri stopped 26 shots for the Finns, who snapped the USA's winning streak at six games. Honka, who played on Finland's top defense pair and saw time on the power play in Thursday's game, has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in eight games and is averaging 17:20 of ice time per game. Honka had no shots in Thursday's game, but he remains tied for the tournament lead with 23 shots on goal.

Valeri Nichushkin, LW, Russia

Nichushkin recorded no points and one shot on goal in 12:49 of playing time as Russia defeated Czech Republic, 3-0, in the quarterfinals. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots for his third shutout of the tournament and Nikita Kucherov, Artemi Panarin, and Dmitri Orlov scored goals for the Russians. Nichushkin, who had played on the fourth line in his first three games at the tournament, was listed on the first line on Thursday's lineup sheet. He has no points in four games and is averaging 11:27 of ice time.

Thursday's Quarterfinals

Finland 2, USA 0
Russia 3, Czech Republic 0
Sweden 3, Switzerland 1
Canada 2, Germany 1

Saturday's Semifinals

Sweden vs. Finland
Canada vs. Russia

This story was not subject to 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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