Swedes hammer Kazakhstan in men’s ice hockey

Daniel Tjarnqvist scored twice and brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin had singles as Sweden hammered Kazakhstan 7-2 in the opening game of the Olympic men's ice hockey tournament on Wednesday.

“We got off to a good start,” said Sweden’s Mats Sundin who scored once.

“Kazakhstan had a good start but we got up 3-0. It is easier to play with the lead.”

Daniel Alfredsson and Per Johan Axelsson also scored for Sweden in front of 2,200 spectators.

Kazakhstan got goals from Vladimir Antipin and Yevgenly Koreshkov.

Three Swedish players and some of the team’s equipment arrived from Milan just one hour before the opening faceoff.

“It was quite a ride from Milan,” said Henrik Zetterberg, who came from Detroit where he plays for the Red Wings of the National Hockey League.

They also had to deal with poor ice conditions at the Torino Esposizioni arena where pools of water formed to trap the puck.

“There was a lot of water. The quality of the ice was not good,” Swedish defenceman Christian Backman said.

Sweden led by period scores of 3-0 and 7-1 and outshot Kazakhstan 23-11 – without injured superstar Peter Forsberg, who plans to skate with the team Friday to see how he is progressing. They were also missing defenceman Mattias Norström who is out with a concussion.

Sweden’s next game is Thursday against Russia while Kazakhstan faces the United States the same day.