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Ghostbuster Swedes bag Belarus win

Published: 19 Feb 2010 23:54 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Feb 2010 23:54 GMT+01:00

Reigning Olympic champions Sweden saw off the challenge of Belarus on Friday, eight years on from a defeat at the hands of the same opponents that still haunts the men in blue and yellow.

Daniel Alfredsson scored two goals and Daniel Sedin finished with a goal and an assist as defending champion Sweden beat Belarus 4-2 at the Vancouver Olympics on Friday.

Johan Franzén also scored for Sweden who moved to 2-0 in Group C of the preliminary round while Belarus dropped to 0-2.

"We stayed poised and we finished them off well down the stretch," said Alfredsson whose first goal came on the powerplay for the Swedes who now have a 2-1 edge in three Olympic meetings between the countries.

He added his second with just 11 seconds left in the game, taking a pass from Sedin's twin brother Henrik and beating Belarus goalie Andrei Mezin with a low shot.

The last time Sweden and Belarus met was in 2002 at the Salt Lake Games and Belarus engineered a shock upset thanks to one of the most bizarre winning goals in the history of the tournament.

With 2:43 remaining in a tied quarter-final, Belarus defenceman Vladimir Kopat fired a 20-metre slap shot at Swedish goaltender Tommy Salo.

The puck hit Salo in the facemask, deflected in the air and bounced off the Salo's back into the open net.

Belarus did their best to try and repeat their 2002 heroics Friday and they kept the game close thanks to a pair of goals by Dmitri Meleshko.

Meleshko beat Henrik Lundqvist on a rebound for his second goal to cut the Swedes lead to 3-2.

His first came on a scramble in front of the Swedish net and was originally awarded to Aleksandr Kulakov before the game officials changed it.

Just 30 seconds after Meleshko's second goal, Belarus had a chance to tie it but forward Kostantin Zakharov rang a shot off the post.

Defenceman Nicklas Lidström said the Swedes can play better.

"I think we have to tighten up defensively," Lidström said.

Sweden now has two wins in Group C with their next match set for Sunday against rival Finland who they beat in the gold medal game in the 2006 Turin Olympics.

"It should be a good game, high tempo," said Alfredsson.

Sweden beat Germany 2-0 in their first game in the Vancouver tournament as Lundqvist recorded his first Olympic shutout.

Lundqvist made 19 saves Friday for the Swedes who came out quickly two goals in a 2:24 span in the first period.

Ruslan Salei helped anchor the Belarus blueline for the second straight game. He has played just two games this year for the Colorado Avalanche but he returned to the ice for the Olympics and is averaging over 19 minutes of playing time a game in Vancouver.

"We got our confidence back in the last five minutes with that goal," Salei said. "It is important for a group of guys competing at this level for the first time and hopefully it will help us play better."

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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15:15 February 20, 2010 by goerre
Nicklas Bäckström is a real winner ... with him Sweden will go all the way! :=)
02:04 February 22, 2010 by Da Goat
Love the fact that if one is not familiar with Ice Hockey then this article is completely nonsensical
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