Host Sweden, one of the pre-tournament favourites to win the gold medal, gave the Tre Kronor supporters at Malmo Arena a few heart palpitations Thursday.
Washington Capitals draft pick Christian Djoos broke a 3-3 deadlock less than three minutes into the third period as Sweden posted a hard-fought 5-3 win in its world junior championship opener Thursday against Switzerland. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Andreas Johnson cinched it with an even-strength goal 2:47 before the final buzzer.
Sweden led 3-2 after one period on goals by Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators, Lukas Bengtsson and Oskar Sundqvist after twice trailing in the frame. Sandro Zangger and Kevin Filia scored for Switzerland.
After a scoreless second period, Fabrice Herzog pulled Switzerland even 61 seconds into the third. But Djoos spoiled it for the Swiss with a power-play goal barely a minute and a half later.
U.S. 5 Czech Republic 1
Riley Barber and Will Butcher scored first-period power-play goals as the defending world junior champs skated to a convincing win over the Czechs at Malmo Isstadion.
Hudson Fasching, Jaccob Slavin and Vince Hinostroza had the other goals for the U.S. while Michal Plutnar spoiled American goalie Jon Gillies' shutout bid 4:47 into the third period.
Gillies stopped 23 shots for the win while Czech goalie Daniel Dolejs made 28 saves.
Russia 11 Norway 0
Russia took all of five minutes to find their scoring hands against Norway then the floodgates opened.
The Russians scored five times in the first period then added five more in the second to blow out over-matched Norway at Malmo Arena.
Buffalo Sabres forward Mikhail Grigorenko, who was loaned to the Russian team for the world juniors, had one goal and two assists while Sabres prospect Nikita Zadorov, captain Anton Slepyshev and Vadim Khlopotov each scored twice. Nikita Tryamkin, Damir Zhafyarov, Vyacheslav Osnovin and Alexander Barabanov also scored.
Tampa Bay Lightning first-rounder Andrei Vasilevski and Ivan Nalimov shared the shutout for the Russians.