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FRANZ NIELSEN NETS GOAL VS. CANADA

Friday, 05.05.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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FRANZ NIELSEN NETS GOAL VS. CANADA
NYI prospect stars in 5-3 loss to Canada at WC

Islanders prospect Franz Nielsen scored for Denmark in his national team's 5-3 loss to Team Canada today at the World Championships.

Nielsen, a highly-regarded prospect selected by the Islanders in the third round of the 2002 NHL Draft, is bidding to become the first Dane to make it to the NHL. The Islanders are currently in discussions with Nielsen on a contract and he could arrive in North America in time for the 2006-07 NHL season.

To give you an understanding of what an achievement it would be for Nielsen to make it to the NHL -- and how impressive today's showing by the Danes was -- it has been reported that there are more people registered to play hockey in the city of Toronto than there are in all of Denmark.

In today's preliminary game at the Worlds, Sidney Crosby scored two goals for Team Canada. Linemate Brad Boyes had a goal and an assist while Patrice Bergeron, the third player on Canada's top unit, added three assists. Mike Comrie and Mike Richards also scored for Canada.
Frans Nielsen, Jens Nielsen and Kim Staal replied for Denmark, which held Canada to a 2-2 tie at the 2003 world championship and gave Canada fits again today.

The Islanders' prospect narrowed Canada's lead to 3-1 of the second period with a shorthanded goal at 7:43 when he skated into Canada's zone and beat Marc Denis with a shot that went in off Jason Williams' stick.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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