Red Wings at the World Championship: Nyquist scores for Sweden; Nielsen pots shootout goal for Denmark

At the World Championship:

Gustav Nyquist scored a goal, finishing at +1 on 2 shots, in 12:13 played, as Sweden’s 5-0 victory over Belarus.’s Andy Potts penned a recap:

Despite the sea of yellow all around, Belarus made a bright start and Hellberg did well to stop an early breakaway effort from Geoff Platt. But that was as good as it got for Dave Lewis and his team as Sweden took complete control midway through the opening period.

The opening goal went to Andersson, but it was Adrian Kempe’s delicious little backhand pass that wrongfooted the entire Belarusian defence. After that, Andersson drove to the net and beat Ivan Kulbakov up close. Within half a minute, Sweden had doubled its advantage. John Klingberg’s dot-to-dot pass found Nyquist and his one-timer flew into the top corner.

“You know what? We played all right,” Nyquist said. “We took a couple too many penalties out there, but the PK did a good job, and our goalie was great in net. So nice to get five [goals], for sure, and a good start to the tournament. It was a lot of fun to see all the Swedish fans here. That gave us a lot of energy.”

Here’s a highlight clip from the game:

And Frans Nielsen scored a shootout goal in Denmark’s 3-2 shootout win over Germany.

Nielsen had a goal (shootout) and an assist for 2 points, finishing at -1 on 4 shots and 20:23 played.

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13 thoughts on “Red Wings at the World Championship: Nyquist scores for Sweden; Nielsen pots shootout goal for Denmark”

  1. Cool that Dave Lewis is still coaching. He loves his job. Always thought he got more criticism than he deserved. Would take him over Blashill in a second.

    1. Strange that he’s always in the middle of this whereas other players who are minorities seem to fly under the radar. Coincidence?

      1. Yeah because when it when it happened to PK and his brother or Wayne Simmons or the many many others? None of them seem to get caught in the middle right? It’s only the Detroit prospects you don’t like that get caught in the middle? I reading that right?

        1. I didn’t say Smith is the only target. As you said, there are others. But there are also others who fly under the radar, or who are the spotlight once. Smith has now had numerous incidents in a short time.

          1. ahhh…what comes next? There’s good and bad people on both sides?

            Oh god! Thank you America for, making the world, errrr, Great again.

        2. Death threat, racial slurs, etc. are somehow Givani’s fault.

          I can’t with this.

          1. Only someone who does not understand what it is like to be one of a few in a sea of a majority would blame the victim……but hey, we are seeing this come from a guy who is crying victim all the time.

            Oh man, I go away from this place for a nice weekend with my family and…………

      2. yeah, asking a minority to “just stay quiet about issues of race” is not a good thing to say. Some might find this comment to be racist itself…..oh…..dang…I just scrolled down…

  2. I got to watch a bit of Smith during the last series his team played. There’s no question he’s an agitiating forward but he is really gritty and engaged, especially in the playoffs. It’s sad that his race would be an issue with the ignorant.
    I think the Wings have just the type of agitator they have lacked in a guy like him. Add him, along with young Bert and you have team that will play a bit on the edge…….something that was drilled out of many of the teams of the past decade or more.

  3. It doesn’t matter who you are, where Kenny drafted you, or these minor incidents that Givani has committed. I dont see anything that Givani has done to deserve death threats, fans breaking into the lockeroom to serenaded him with a racial slur. Or for him to be somehow blamed for it.


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