Of Red Wings prospect-related note at the World Junior Championship:
And Simon Edvinsson had a goal and 2 assists, finishing at +1 with 2 shots in 23:43, and Theodor Niederbach scored a goal on 2 shots, finishing at +2 in 17:40 played as Sweden defeated Russia 6-3.
Edvinsson spoke to IIHF.com’s Andrew Podnieks after the game:
Defenceman Simon Edvinsson, who plays for Frolunda in Sweden and was drafted 6th overall by Detroit just a few months ago, was the game’s dominant player. He scored a goal, moved the puck seamlessly out of his zone, and was a boulder behind his own blue line. He logged a team-high 23:43 of ice time.
“I think we played well,” Edvinsson said. “We were pretty sharp and had a good mindset. The game had its ups and downs, but we were strong on defence and in front of their net as well. I think we did a good job.”
Russia coach Sergei Zubov elected to make a goalie change during the intermission, sending Yegor Guskov into the crease to start the third. The Russians coudn’t have asked for a better chance to start the final period. Helge Grans lost the puck in front of Wallstedt, but Michkov’s quick shot was stopped by the goalie.
Soon after, the Russians ran into penalty trouble again and paid the price. They gave Sweden 1:44 of power-play time with two men, and this time Alexander Holtz’s quick one-timer beat Guskov to make it 4-1.
“Our power play was really good today,” Edvinsson added. “We have some great players on it and managed to score some important goals.”
On Monday, Finland battles Austria at 2 PM EST, Germany plays the Czechs at 7:30 PM, and Sweden battles Slovakia at 9:30 PM.