Forsberg and Latvian captain Edgars Siksna exchange ceremonial banners before the game. (Photo credit: Richard Wolowicz/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Last year, Washington Capitals top prospect and Team Russia captain Evgeny Kuznetsov was held pointless heading into Russia’s third game of the World Junior Championships, despite leading his team in shots and scoring chances. Then he broke out for an astonishing nine points against Latvia, a feat we termed the Kuznetrick.
Capitals 2012 1st-round pick and Team Sweden captain Filip Forsberg seems to be following the same script. Through two games, Forsberg had 16 shots, but just one point to the effort, a goal against the Czech Republic. In Sweden’s third game of the 2013 WJC against Latvia Saturday, Forsberg had his biggest point total of the tourney, collecting two assists and firing four shots on goal in his team’s 5-1 win. Caps 7th-round pick Christian Djoos also tallied his first career WJC point, an assist on a third period goal by Viktor Arvidsson.
Highlights of the game are below.
Forsberg’s first assist is at the 2:27 mark. Djoos and Forsberg both assist on the goal at 3:10.
The Latvians were able to contain Sweden’s dynamic offense through most of the game– tying the score at one after 35 minutes. Late in the second period, Sebastian Collberg gave the reigning WJC champions the lead.
The Swedes then dominated in the third period, when Forsberg and Djoos made their contributions. First, Forsberg was credited with an assist on Sweden’s third goal of the game by Viktor Arvidsson. Later, Forsberg and Djoos assisted on Sweden’s fourth goal and Arvidsson’s second tally of the game. They held on to win 5-1.
Sweden, undefeated at 3-0, will next play Finland on Monday to conclude their preliminary stage of the WJC.