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Niederreiter's Goal, Assist Lead Switzerland To Win

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Forward Nino Niederreiter had a goal, an assist, and a game-high six shots, and helped lead Switzerland to a comeback victory against Denmark on Tuesday at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

After losing its first two games of the tournament in overtime, Switzerland fell behind 2-0 to Denmark in the first period after Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers scored on the power play with 1:06 remaining in the opening period.

But Switzerland began to mount its comeback midway through the third period, when Vancouver Canucks defenseman Yannick Weber scored with 10:18 remaining in regulation. Niederreiter picked up the secondary assist, his second of the tournament. 

Niederreiter would score his first goal, and draw Switzerland even, when he tied the game with 2:02 remaining in regulation.

Forward Eric Blum scored the game-winner with 52 seconds remaining in overtime.

After Switzerland fell behind 2-0, five of Niederreiter's six shots on goal came in the second and third periods.

Held scoreless in the first two games of the tournament, Niederreiter has a goal and two assists in his past two games, with 13 shots on goal, and has averaged 19:07 time on ice.

With the victory, Switzerland jumped to fourth in Group A. The Swiss will next play on Wednesday against Latvia (8 a.m. CT).

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