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Niederreiter helping change expectations of Swiss hockey

Silver medal at recent World Championships indicative of rising

by Aaron Vickers / Special to Wild.com

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Nino Niederreiter is helping shape the expectation of success in Switzerland. And he's seen, the Minnesota Wild forward suggests, his home country setting satisfaction at a higher level.

"Absolutely," said Niederreiter, who helped push his country into an improbable gold-medal meeting with Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, but fell by the slimmest of margins in a shootout to claim silver.

"At the end of the day, our main goal is always to be in the top eight, for sure, and then move on from there. Reaching the quarterfinal has to be a goal, year-in and year-out. The last two years, we've done that. It's a stepping stone. We're trying to improve year-in, year-out. Once you get to that quarterfinal, anything is possible.

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Niederreiter, Switzerland earn silver medal at World Championships

Swiss team topped Finland, Canada en route to gold medal game

by Kayleigh Jackson / Wild.com

It would take more than 80 minutes for a gold medal winner to be determined at the 2018 IIHF World Championship; after a 20-minute overtime period and shootout, though, Sweden triumphed for the second straight year, 3-2. 

The Wild's Nino Niederreiter opened the scoring, putting Switzerland on the board 16:38 into the game. But just over a minute later, the Swedes tied it up. 

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Niederreiter, Switzerland move on to World Championship gold medal game

Underdogs topple Canada, will face defending champion Sweden on Sunday

by Kayleigh Jackson / Wild.com

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Switzerland's Cinderella story at the 2018 IIHF World Championship continues, as Nino Niederreiter's home team toppled Canada, 3-2. Saturday's nail-biting win propelled the Swiss to the gold-medal game, which will take place at 1:15 p.m. CT on Sunday against the defending champion Swedes.  

Though Niederreiter didn't get on the board in the victory, he put one shot on goal and amassed 17:42 of ice time. 

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Niederreiter's Swiss knock out Granlund's Finns to move on to semifinals

Kaprizov, Russia also fall in World Championship quarterfinals

by Kayleigh Jackson / Wild.com

At the start of the day, it was known one Wild player would be done at the 2018 IIHF World Championships, thanks to Finland and Switzerland meeting in the quarterfinals. But certainly not many people expected the Swiss, seeded fourth in Group A, to take down the dominant first-place Finns from Group B.

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Kaprizov plays big on another big stage

Wild prospect leads Russia with six goals at World Championships

by Julie Robenhymer / Special to Wild.com

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Three years ago, the Minnesota Wild drafted Kirill Kaprizov in the fifth round of the NHL Draft. Since then, he's won a bronze and a silver medal at the World Junior Championships, earning accolades like Best Forward of the tournament while scoring the most goals and having the most points; made three appearances at the KHL All-Star Game and won gold at the Olympics.

Now he finds himself leading Team Russia with six goals in seven games as they head into the quarterfinals at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

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Niederreiter, Granlund, Kaprizov move on to quarterfinals at Worlds

All three of Minnesota's participants advance to elimination rounds in Denmark

by Kayleigh Jackson / Wild.com

Wrapping up the final day of the preliminary round of the IIHF World Championship, all three international teams with Wild players or prospects on their rosters are moving on to the quarterfinals. 

Both Nino Niederreiter's Swiss team and Mikael Granlund's Finnish squad took to the ice bright and early Tuesday morning at 5:15 CT. Kirill Kaprizov's Russians played at 1:15 p.m. CT and, falling in a hard-fought battle against Sweden, held onto second place in Group A. 

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Niederreiter takes on leadership role for Swiss at World Championships

Wild forward is averaging a point per game as preliminary round winds down

by Julie Robenhymer / Special to Wild.com

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Nino Niederreiter battled a broken fibula and a high ankle sprain throughout the NHL season with the Minnesota Wild and is looking to make up for lost time by playing for his native country, Switzerland, at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. 

The 25-year-old playing in his fifth world championship has three goals and three assists in six games as the Swiss battle for a spot in the quarterfinals. They are presently fourth in Group A with a game against France remaining in the preliminary round. 

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Granlund tallies three points to carry Finland at World Championships

Wild forward scores once, dishes out two assists in win over Norway

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

Wild forward Mikael Granlund scored one goal and assisted on two others as Finland defeated neighbor Norway 7-0 at the 2018 IIHF World Championships in Herning, Denmark on Tuesday. 

Granlund earned the primary assist on Teuvo Teravainen's goal 1:01 into the second period which gave the Finns a 3-0 lead.

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Captain Granlund leads Finland at World Championships

Wild forward dons the 'C' as Finns aim for medal podium in Denmark

by Julie Robenhymer / Special to Wild.com

HERNING, Denmark -- When the Minnesota Wild were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Mikael Granlund's disappointment was quickly replaced by excitement as he was not only invited to play for Team Finland at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Denmark, but to be its captain as well. 

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Kaprizov scores team-leading fourth goal at IIHF World Championships

Niederreiter, Granlund's squads also notch wins in early rounds of action

by Kayleigh Jackson / Wild.com

Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov continued his year of torrid international play on Monday against Belarus as his Russian team dominated their neighbors 6-0 at the IIHF World Championships.

Kaprizov cemented the win by scoring his squad's sixth goal, which was also his team-leading fourth of the tournament. He darted down the left side of the ice and sniped a shot past Belarus' goalie Vitali Trus. Kaprizov's six points are third-most in the tournament so far.

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