OILERS AT THE WORLDS

Solid debut for Paajarvi at Worlds

19-year-old Oilers prospect Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson puts up three points in IIHF World Championships debut as Sweden beats Norway 5-2

Sunday, 09.05.2010 / 5:01 PM / Oilers at the Worlds
By Marc Ciampa  - edmontonoilers.com
Oilers prospect Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson scores his first goal at the World Championships. (Photo by Thorsten Wagner/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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19-year-old Oilers prospect Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson was only officially added to Sweden's World Championships roster this morning but his performance showed Bengt Gustafsson and the Sweden coaching staff that he deserves to be there.

Paajarvi had a goal and two assists to help lift Sweden to a 5-2 victory over Norway on Sunday night in Cologne, Germany.

His first assist came on his first shift of the tournament, working hard in the corner as he dug up the puck and dished it to Mattias Weinhandl for the goal.

Sweden roared out to a 2-0 lead but Norway battled back to tie it up at 2-2. In the third, Paajarvi helped break the deadlock when his wrister from the point was tipped in by Weinhandl.

Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson closed out the scoring with a quick shot from the right circle that Norway netminder Pal Grotnes got a piece of, but not enough to stop it from going across the line.

The Oilers prospect wasn't surprised that the Norwegians were neck-and-neck with the Swedes for most of the game.

"They have some very tricky players who can explode, like (Patrick) Thoresen and Zuccarello-Aasen," Paajarvi-Svensson said to IIHF.com. "They put two pucks in our net. We knew it was going to be a tough game, so it wasn't a surprise."

The former Oiler Thoresen scored one of Norway's goals.

Visit edmontonoilers.com regularly throughout the two-week tournament for updates on the Oilers in Germany.



PRELIMINARY ROUND SCHEDULE & RESULTS
(all times mountain)

Friday, May 7:


Germany 2
- USA 1 OT
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Saturday, May 8:

Canada
5 - Italy 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos  

Sunday, May 9:

Sweden 5 vs. Norway 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Monday, May 10:

Denmark 2 - USA 1 OT
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Canada vs. Latvia - 12:15 p.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos   

Tuesday, May 11:

Sweden 3 - France 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Wednesday, May 12:

USA vs. Finland - 12:15 p.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Canada vs. Switzerland - 12:15 p.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 

Thursday, May 13:

Sweden vs. Czech Republic - 12:15 p.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 

======END OF ROUND ROBIN======

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OILERS STATS AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:

Name GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Jordan Eberle CAN 8 0 5 5 2 +1
Taylor Hall CAN 8 2 1 3 0 +1
Jeff Petry USA 10 0 0 0 4 -3
Justin Schultz CAN 8 0 4 4 2 +1
Ladislav Smid CZE 8 0 3 3 6 E

Goaltender GP W L GAA PCT SO
Devan Dubnyk CAN 4 4 0 1.480 .0.913 0

QUALIFICATION ROUND STANDINGS:

STOCKHOLM GROUP

Country GP W OTW OTL L PTS GF GA
SWITZERLAND 7 6 1 0 0 20 29 10
CANADA 7 5 1 1 0 18 25 10
SWEDEN 7 5 0 0 2 15 17 11
CZECH REP. 7 3 1 0 3 11 19 12
NORWAY 7 3 0 0 4 9 12 26
DENMARK 7 1 1 1 4 6 13 20
BELARUS 7 1 0 0 6 3 10 21
SLOVENIA 7 0 0 2 5 2 12 27

HELSINKI GROUP

Country GP W OTW OTL L PTS GF GA
FINLAND 7 4 2 0 1 16 23 14
RUSSIA 7 5 0 0 2 15 29 14
USA 7 5 0 0 2 15 24 16
SLOVAKIA 7 3 0 1 3 10 18 17
GERMANY 7 2 1 1 3 9 13 16
LATVIA 7 2 0 1 4 7 14 25
FRANCE 7 2 0 1 4 7 13 21
AUSTRIA 7 1 1 0 5 5 18 29