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