2014 World Juniors: Forsberg, Maenalanen and Stepan

Monday, 12.30.2013 / 12:45 PM / News
By Jimi Russell  - Nashville Predators

Filip Forsberg continues his tear through the 2014 World Juniors, as he posted his second three-point outing in three games for the Swedes in their 10-0 victory over Norway on Sunday in Malmo.

Forsberg posted his first assist on the Swede’s final goal of the first period (3-0), then again on his team’s final goal of the second period (6-0), and he rounded out his three-point effort on the ninth goal of the game with less than nine minutes remaining in the contest. All three of his helpers came on the power play as Tre Kronor registered five power-play goals on the night.

The 6-1, 186-pound forward leads all players in assists and is tied with countryman Alexander Wennberg for first in tournament scoring (1g-6a-7pts, 3gp).

In other tournament action on Sunday, Preds prospect Zach Stepan returned to the lineup for the United States after missing one game with a lower-body injury.

Stepan didn’t waste any time getting back into game action, picking up his first point/assist of the tournament, as the United States posted six power-play goals in an 8-0 rout of Germany. Team USA (3-0-0) owns the top spot in Group A through three games.

Finland and Russia squared off on Monday, as the Finns defeated the Russians, 4-1, at Malmo Arena.

After the Russians jumped out to an early lead, forward Saku Maenalanen potted the game-tying goal on the power play a little more than two minutes into the middle frame. The goal gives the Preds prospect four points (3g-1a) in three games for Suomi.

In goal for the Finns, 2013 fourth-round pick Juuse Saros was solid in his second outing of the tournament, stopping 28-of-29 shots in Monday’s win. Saros ranks among the Top Five goalies in save percentage and goals-against average thus far.

Finland, Sweden and the United States are all back in action on Tuesday afternoon. You can read more about the Preds prospects here at nashvillepredators.com, and you can watch select game from the 2014 World Juniors live on NHL Network and NHL.com.

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