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Topic - Mika Zibanejad
Bobby Ryan scored two goals and the Ottawa Senators topped the Washington Capitals 6-4 on Wednesday.
Sergei Gonchar scored on the power play with 2:30 left in regulation as the Ottawa Senators battled back from a sluggish start to defeat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Tuesday.
The Ottawa Senators sent first-round draft pick Mika Zibanejad back to Swedish club team Djurgardens on Wednesday rather than burn the first year of his entry-level contract.
Minnesota is home to a multitude of Scandinavian descendants, particularly Sweden.
The NHL draft has resumed, and the Western Hockey League is supplying more top talent.
"I was hoping I would play good," he said. "I was nervous in the first period, but then I got that out of the way and started playing like I should and felt pretty good."
"I really wanted to stay but they have more experience in this stuff than I do," said Zibanejad, who was taken sixth overall at June's draft. "I think this is best for me and I'm excited to go back home."