Nurse & Larsson each score their first goal of the tournament as Canada beats France 5-2 and Sweden smashes Austria 9-1
The seventh day of competition at the 2019 IIHF World Championship was a good one for two Oilers defencemen as Darnell Nurse and Adam Larsson each scored in victories for their respective national teams.
Nurse tallied the second goal of the game for the Canadians en route to a 5-2 win over France, while Larsson lit the lamp for Sweden’s fourth goal in a 9-1 drubbing of Austria. For both Oilers blueliners, it was their first goal of the tournament.
Jonathan Marchessault made a nifty cross-ice feed to set up Nurse for his one-timer, while William Nylander did the same to tee up Larsson, who was later selected as Sweden’s top player of the match.
Gabriel Landeskog, Elias Lindholm and Elias Pettersson each recorded a goal and two assists to lead Sweden to the victory that bumped them up to 3-1 on the tournament, while Anthony Mantha tallied twice for Canada to help them improve to 3-1 as well.
Next up, it’ll be Nurse vs. Leon Draisaitl and the undefeated Germans on Saturday at 8:15am MT, while Larsson and the Swedes face undefeated Switzerland later that day at 12:15pm MT.
Oilers prospect and Bakersfield forward Patrick Russell also made his debut for Denmark on Thursday, since the Condors playoff run came to an end on Monday.
Despite participating in Bakersfield’s locker-room cleanout and end-of-season interviews on Wednesday, the 26-year-old made it to Slovakia in time for Denmark’s game vs. Finland, playing 16:26 in a 3-1 defeat.
Russell and the 2-2 Danes will play the United States on Saturday at 4:15am MT.
For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month’s IIHF World Championship and their individual and country’s performances, visit our international page at EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds.