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Kaprizov Helps Lead Comeback Win Against Finland

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Forward Kirill Kaprizov (2015 Draft, fifth round) had a goal and an assist to help lead Russia in a comeback, 6-4 victory against Finland on Monday at the World Junior Championship.

Trailing 1-0 in the first period, Kaprizov scored a power-play goal, his first of the tournament, to tie the game at 1-1.

Finland, the host country, would score the next two goals to take a 3-1 lead, but Russia would stage another comeback. Russia scored four times over the final 11:12 of the second period, with Kaprizov picking up a primary assist on the eventual game-winning goal, to take a 5-3 lead.

Kaprizov had three shots on goal, tied for the most among all Russian skaters. Kaprizov has four shots on goal over Russia's first two games, each a victory.

Russia now leads Group B with five points, and next plays on Tuesday against Belarus at 10 a.m. Central time.

Sweden 1, United States 0

Forward Joel Eriksson Ek (2015 Draft, first round) registered a shot on goal, and Sweden defeated the United States and Louis Belpedio (2014 Draft, third round) 1-0 on Monday.

Despite being outshot 46-23, Sweden scored the game's lone goal 2:41 into the second period, and was backstopped by goaltender Linus Soderstrom (New York Islanders).

The win keeps Sweden, bronze medal winners at the 2015 tournament, atop Group A. The United States is currently in third place in the group, but could jump up to second depending on the result of Denmark and Canada on Monday.

Sweden next plays on Wednesday against Denmark at 10 a.m. Central time. The United States resumes play on Wednesday against Switzerland at 2 p.m. Central time.

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