Sweden 5, Denmark 0
New York (The Draft Analyst) — Oskar Lindblom had a goal and an assist and Sweden used five different goal scorers in a 5-0 win over Denmark on Wednesday at the world junior hockey championship from Helsinki.
Sweden (3-0) clinched first place in Group A as it owns the tiebreaker with the Unites States following their 1-0 win on Monday.
It took just 13 seconds from the opening faceoff for Sweden to grab a lead it would never relinquish. Adrian Kempe, a first round puck of the Los Angeles Kings in 2014, exploded into the Danish zone and fired a shot past goalie Thomas Lillie after Lindblom stole an errant pass in the neutral zone.
Sweden upped its lead to 2-0 when defenseman Gustav Forslingscored a power play goal with 9:38 left in the first period. The Chicago Blackhawks prospect one-timed a pass from Jakob Forsbacka-Karlssonfrom just inside the blue line, beating Lillie clean to the stick side.
The two nations nearly played through a scoreless second period, but Lindblom, a 2014 draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, redirected a pass from defenseman Adam Ollas Mattsson past Lillie with 2:43 left in the frame.
Defenseman William Lagesson and left wing Alex Nylander added goals in the third, with Nylander scoring his team-best sixth point when he converted a centering feed from Rasmus Asplund.
Felix Sandstrom only faced nine shots to record the shutout in his first appearance of the tournament. Lillie stopped 43 shots in defeat for Denmark (1-2), which will finish fourth in the group and likely play Russia when the playoff round begins. The Danes finish their preliminary schedule against the United States on Thursday.