Sweden knocked out of ice hockey world championships

Sweden's hopes of defending their world ice hockey title were dashed in a 4-1 defeat to Canada in Moscow on Saturday.

Los Angeles Kings striker Mike Camalleri collected a goal and an assist, while netminder Cam Ward made 29 saves as Canada defeated the reigning champions.

“Sweden had played a lot of matches together this winter and tonignt we needed to play a very strong team game to be successful against them,”

Canadian coach Andy Murray told the press after the match.

“I think my team played better and better and we have one more game to prove it.”

The action was fast and furious from the opening face-off but it took until

11:05 into the first period before Canada found the net, Camallieri wristing the puck home from the right face-off circle on a powerplay.

Jonathan Toews and Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes added their goals later in the period to give Canada a commanding 3-0 lead before the first intermission.

Johan Davidsson reduced the arrears 6:13 into the second period, also clinching the lead in the event’s top scorers contest with 14 points (7 goals

+ 7 assists) but the Swedes never came any closer than that.

Columbus Blue Jackets striker Rick Nash restored Canada’s three-goal lead with 4:43 remaining before the second break, beating Sweden goalie Johan Bäcklund with an unopposed close-range shot.