After a temporary mid-season transfer to Manchester United, Henrik Larsson has quelled speculation that there might be an extension and is now back in Helsingborg to prepare for the start of Allsvenskan. The legendary 35-year-old rounded off his successful stay at Old Trafford with the winning goal in Wednesday’s Champions Lague tie against Lille.
Larsson’s erstwhile striking partner in the national team, Zlatan Ibrahimovic , was knocked out of the same competition the previous evening when Inter Milan failed to overturn Valencia. There was some consolation on Sunday however when the striker scored the winner at the San Siro as Inter sealed a 2-1 victory over local rivals AC Milan.
It’s quarter final stage in the Swedish play-offs and two teams must win on Monday night if they are to keep alive their hopes of winning this season’s Elitserien.
Mora has lost the first three games in its best of seven series with Färjestad and will have to turn history on its head if it is to emerge victorious against one of the dominant forces of Swedish hockey.
Luleå finds itself with the same mountain to climb against Linköping.
In the other match-ups, Brynäs leads HV 71 by 2-1 and MODO has a one game lead over Timrå.
The ice machine was on full throttle to keep the spring sun from melting the pitch as Hammarby saw off Västerås at a packed Zinkensdamm arena to reach the final of this year’s bandy championship.
The other semi-final is still on a knife edge as four matches have failed to separate Edsbyn from Sandviken. The best of five decider is to be held in Edsbyn on Tuesday evening.
And what on earth is bandy? It’s a sport played outdoors on ice with two teams of eleven players. Swedes are quite good at it. Here’s a primer.