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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.

He also assisted on Markus Nutivaara's goal at 18:18 of the second period which made it 5-0, then scored a goal with 15 ticks left in the middle period.

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Granlund, the captain of Team Finland, now has one goal and three assists in three games for the Finns, who are 3-0 in the tournament and lead Group B, having outscored their opponents 23-2 in those contests.

Finland will play against host Denmark in its next contest Wednesday in Herning.


Niederreiter notches pair of goals in shootout loss

Nino Niederreiter scored twice to help Switzerland to a 5-4 shootout loss to the Czech Republic in Group A action at the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Niederreiter got the Swiss on the board 11:13 into the game, jamming away at his own rebound and scoring on his third or fourth try from in tight. 

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: #CZEvsSUI @thelnino22 gets @swissicehockey on the board first! #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/F4kPwWVmaB

Moments after the Czechs made it 3-2 early in the second period following consecutive Switzerland goals, Niederreiter struck again, this time at 7:21 of the middle period, re-establishing Switzerland's two-goal lead, if only for a few moments.

The Czechs scored twice later in the second to tie the game ahead of a scoreless third period and overtime.

Niederreiter now has three goals and one assist in three games for Switzerland, which has won twice (once in overtime) and now lost once (in a shootout) in the tournament. The Swiss are third in Group A with six points, three back of both Russia and Sweden.

Switzerland will continue Group A action on Wednesday when it takes on Belarus in Copenhagen.

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