He’s done it again. William Nylander has been playing great the 2017 IIHF World Championships, and currently leads Sweden in scoring. There was no reason to expect that to change as the tournament shifts to the medal rounds.
Today, Sweden takes on Switzerland in the quarterfinals of the tournament, and Nylander has already made his mark. He notched a secondary assist on the first goal of the game, gaining the zone and passing off to Oscar Lindberg, whose shot deflected right to Nicklas Backstrom for the goal.
After Switzerland tied it up, Nylander decided to get on the scoresheet in a more direct way.
What a pretty goal. After a great pass from Ekman-Larsson, Nylander busts through the middle, fends off the Swiss defender, and scores while being penalized. No less than we’d expect from the sublime Swede.
Nylander now has 12 points in 8 games, putting him in a tie for 3rd in tournament scoring. Only Russia’s superstars, Nikita Kucherov and Artemi Panarin have more points than he does.
If Sweden wins, they’ll face Finland in the semifinals.