2015 WJC Podcast: A preview of the quarterfinal matches that includes a Sweden-Finland rematch

by Ken McKenna
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Pavel Zacha - Team Czech Republic

Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2015 prospect Pavel Zacha has played well for the Czech Republic at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

 

With the preliminary round at the 2015 World Junior Championship now completed, eight of the 10 countries participating at this WJC are moving on to the quarterfinals, while two countries will head to the relegation round. The USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, and Denmark all live to fight another day in their quest for gold, with Switzerland and Germany trying to avoid demotion to next year’s D1A WJC. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast, Group B: Observations from Monday’s Sweden-Russia showdown

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Anton Blidh - Team Sweden

Photo: Frolunda forward and Boston Bruins prospect Anton Blidh was an impressive performer for Sweden in their showdown with Russia on Monday night (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

While Group A at the 2015 World Junior Championship features arguably the top two teams in this year’s tournament, Group B also features two teams that in recent years have been among the WJC’s best. Those two countries, Sweden and Russia, squared off on Monday night with Sweden coming away with the 3-2 win in that showdown. Read more»

2015 WJC Preview: Sweden looks to break string of silvers with gold medal

by Chapin Landvogt
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William Nylander - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: MODO forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander will lead the offense for Sweden at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)

 

The drama last winter in Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championship could hardly be topped. Playing at home in front of crowds sized larger than 12,500 per game, Team Sweden defeated one opponent after another with a literal dream team of U20 athletes. Then they faced the tourney’s upstart team, and their archrival, Finland and it seemed the stars were aligned for a victory parade that few Swedish junior teams had ever topped. Winning the WJC in their home country would have been a story ripe for Hollywood. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Wennberg, Rakell and Karlsson form Swedish trio finding the twine

by Ken McKenna
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Rickard Rakell - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell (#67) celebrates his first NHL goal with teammate Matt Beleskey (#39) during the Ducks 3-2 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks (courtesy of John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)

 

Monday night was a memorable one for Swedish players scoring their first NHL goals, with a trio of Swedes scoring their milestone goals in NHL action. The Columbus Blue JacketsAlexander Wennberg scored his goal in a loss to the Nashville Predators, while the Anaheim DucksRickard Rakell and the San Jose Sharks‘ Melker Karlsson took turns in a game won by the Ducks in overtime, 3-2. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Larsson, Schaller score for Sabres in weekend losses

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Tim Schaller - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Buffalo Sabres rookie forward Tim Schaller slides the puck under Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask to score his first NHL goal (courtesy of Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Despite what would be considered an unsuccessful weekend in which they lost two games, the rebuilding Buffalo Sabres still received glimpses of a potentially better future with the first NHL goals from prospects Johan Larsson and Tim Schaller. Read more»

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