Worldstars improve to 5-2 on European tour

Updated: December 17, 2004, 6:31 PM ET
Associated Press

JONKOPING, Sweden -- Ray Whitney scored for the second straight game and added an assist, helping the Worldstars rebound from a lopsided loss and beat Swedish champion HV71 5-1 on Friday.

Whitney scored the Worldstars' only goal Thursday in a 6-1 loss to Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League.

The Worldstars, a team made up of locked-out NHL players, improved to 5-2 on their 10-game, seven-country European tour.

Mats Sundin, one of Sweden's most popular players, assisted on Whitney's goal. Whitney set up Alexandre Daigle's tally at 14:48 of the first period.

St. Louis' Jamal Mayers and John-Michael Liles of the Colorado Avalanche scored in the second period, and Anaheim's Sergei Fedorov added a goal late in the third.

"We played much better than last night," said Sundin, the Toronto Maple Leafs captain. "We played more disciplined hockey. It's no fun to lose, even if it's an exhibition."

The Worldstars played a strong defensive game and were the more physical team. New Jersey's Martin Brodeur and Dominik Hasek of the Ottawa Senators shared goaltending duties.

Andreas Jamtin scored for HV71 in the third period, beating Hasek, who replaced Brodeur midway through the game.

HV71 played 18-year-old Magnus Akerlund in goal for the whole game. He stopped 38 shots.

The Worldstars play their final game in Sweden on Sunday against Linkoping before finishing the tour with games in Norway and Poland next week.


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