Swede evening for Nilson

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:56 PM ET


 SAN JOSE -- Last night was full of surprises for Calgary forward Marcus Nilson.

 Called up to the post-game press conference podium for the second consecutive game here, Nilson was asked for a reaction to being named to Team Sweden's World Cup roster.

 "I didn't know," said Nilson, showing little emotion upon hearing of yesterday's announcement.

 "I'm too caught up with this (playoff series). It's all I'm concerned about."

 What shocked Nilson even more was a brilliant cross-ice pass from linemate Ville Nieminen, which he one-timed past Evgeni Nabokov to give his club a 2-0 lead.

 "I was really surprised he got that pass across," said Nilson, who watched Nieminen get hooked around the neck before the pass was delivered.

 "I thought he was going to get hooked down and I was trailing the play. Their backchecker just missed me and when it came to me I just one-timed it."

 Nilson's slapper came on a delayed penalty just 122 seconds after Jarome Iginla opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal.

 "Nilson's goal was huge," said Iginla, who will face Nilson at the World Cup in September.

 "I thought all four lines played well and (Nilson's goal) gave us such a good position going up 2-0."


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