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Posted: Monday, 26 December 2016 6:26PM

Nylander scores twice; Sweden downs Denmark



It was quite the opening game for Sabres prospect Alexander Nylander and Team Sweden at the IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship. Nylander scores twice as Sweden dominates Denmark in a 6-1 win at the Bell Centre in Montréal, Quebec.

Nylander opened the scoring for Sweden at the 10:11 mark of the first period after deking past a Danish defender and waiting out the goalie for his first goal of the tournament.
 
Nylander added another goal late in the second period off a re-direction to make the score 6-0 in favor of the Swedes.

Nylander ended the game with his two goals, two shots on goal, and a plus-2 rating in 12:47 of total ice time. Nylander also spent time playing on the top powerplay unit, but the unit was unable to score on the man advantage.
 
2016 second round pick (33rd overall) Rasmus Asplund did not register a point on the afternoon, but he went 45.5-percent on his faceoffs and was a plus-3 in 13:18 of total ice time. Asplund also spent time playing on the top powerplay unit with Nylander.

Minnesota Wild prospect Joel Eriksson Ek, Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Carl Grundström, and 2018 Draft eligible prospect Rasmus Dahlin each finished the day with a goal and an assist. Nylander was the only other Swede to put up a multi-point game.

The Player of the Game honors for Sweden went to Philadelphia Flyers prospect Felix Sandstrom, who stopped 21 of 22 shots faced in goal on the afternoon.

Sweden will next play Switzerland on Wednesday afternoon from the Bell Centre. Faceoff is at 5 p.m.

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