Sweden beat Germany in fourth world hockey win

Sweden on Wednesday night outscored Germany 5-2 in the Globen arena in Stockholm to remain their group's table-toppers with four wins in as many matches.

Sweden beat Germany in fourth world hockey win

“I was a bit worried beforehand as it is easy that players pull back a little a few games into the tournament,” said Swedish head coach Pär Mårts to dally Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

“I am really pleased with how the game developed,” he added.

The Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger gave Sweden an early lead scoring 1:17 into the first period when he sent home a rebound from just outside the crease.

Germany poured into attack seeking the equalizer and their left-winger

Philip Gogulla levelled just before the first intermission scoring on Kai Hospelt’s pass.

But in the second period the Swedes stepped us a gear, scoring twice through Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stålberg and Ottawa Senators blueliner Erik Karlsson who gave their team a comfortable 3-1 lead.

According to Karlsson, the goal was made possible by team member Johan Franzén standing in the way of the goal minder’s line of vision.

“It wasn’t a particularly spectacular shot,” he told news agency TT.

Germany’s Patrick Reimer narrowed the gap with 3:02 remaining in the second period but Niklas Persson restored Sweden’s two-goal lead 2:30 into the third, while Detroit Red Wings’ right wing Johan Franzén finalized the scoring at 48:32.

According to Karlsson, the Swedish team played well in Wednesday’s game, although he felt they were holding back compared to the three previous games of the tournament.

“It was perhaps not our best game – but if we win 5-2 we will have to be content. It was stable,” said Karlsson.

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Sweden beat Swiss to win ice hockey world title in shoot-out drama

Sweden retained their world championship title with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over plucky Switzerland in Copenhagen on Sunday.

Sweden beat Swiss to win ice hockey world title in shoot-out drama
Swiss players react after the defeat to Sweden. Photo: AFP

Filip Forsberg of the NHL's Nashville Predators scored the winning penalty as Sweden came back from 1-0 down in the shoot-out to win 2-1 following a 2-2 draw after overtime.

Surprise finalists Switzerland had been aiming for their first ever world title, while Sweden claimed an 11th crown.

Sweden had been the only unbeaten team through the group stage while Switzerland scraped into the quarter-finals with the weakest record.

But they stunned Group B winners Finland and then Canada to take their place in a third world championship final.

Five years ago they had lost to Sweden, who beat them 5-3 in the group stages too.

Switzerland twice took the lead, in each of the first two periods, but were pegged back by the favourites before the end of each stanza.

Minnesota Wild's Nino Niederreiter had given them a 16th minute lead but Gustav Nyquist of the Detroit Red Wings equalised a minute later.

On 23 minutes Timo Meier of the San Jose Sharks put the underdogs in front again, but that was wiped out by New York Ranger Mika Zibanejad on 34 minutes.

With no scores in either the third period or overtime, the final was decided by a shoot-out where Switzerland once again took the lead.

But Oliver Ekman-Larsson cancelled out Sven Andrighetto's successful strike, allowing Forsberg to become the hero.

Christopher Kreider of the Rangers scored twice as the United States thumped Canada 4-1 to take the bronze medal.

 After Kreider opened the scoring, Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the Sharks equalised.

But goals from Nashville's Nicholas Bonino and Anders Lee of the New York Islanders put the US in charge before Kreider rounded out the win.