Swiss shock Swedes at Worlds

Thibault Monnet scored the winner early in the third as Switzerland upset reigning Olympic gold medallist Sweden 4-2 in the preliminary round of the World Hockey Championships on Wednesday.

Sweden, who wore their throwback jerseys from the 1957 world championships, looked anything but golden Wednesday at the Colisee arena in Halifax, Canada.

Backup goalie Stefan Liv registered a shutout against France but allowed four goals on 24 shots against Switzerland.

To make matters worse, defenceman Niclas Wallin was slapped with a two-game suspension for a hit to the head on Switzerland’s Roman Wick.

The International Ice Hockey Federation announced the suspension, after Wallin was handed a match penalty for the hit late in the game.

A match penalty automatically carries a one-game suspension, but due to the severity of the hit, tournament’s disciplinary committee decided to up the ban to two games.

Wick suffered a severe concussion and didn’t know where he was for 10 minutes following the hit, the IIHF said. Wick is expected to be out for up to 10 days.

Sweden will be without Wallin for their qualifying round games against Denmark on Thursday and against Russia on Saturday.


Scary pictures of Eddie Läck stretchered off ice after violent collision

Swedish goalie Eddie Läck ended up in hospital after being sent sprawling as the Detroit Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou scored a game-winning goal with 3:01 left in overtime.

Scary pictures of Eddie Läck stretchered off ice after violent collision
Eddie Läck was carried out on a stretcher. Photo: AP Photo/Gerry Broome

Athanasiou crashed into Läck on the play and the Carolina Hurricanes goalie, who missed significant stretches of the NHL season with concussions, was attended to on the ice for more than 15 minutes as both teams and the crowd in Raleigh, North Carolina, watched in silence.

He was taken off on a stretcher and on to hospital for evaluation, giving a thumbs-up sign as he was carried off the ice.

The moment Athanasiou crashed into Läck. Photo: AP Photo/Gerry Broome

The Hurricanes later released a statement saying Läck was undergoing tests but had full feeling in his extremities.

“I did see it,” Carolina coach Bill Peters said when asked about the replay. “[Athanasiou] obviously went into the net hard, and there was a little shot to the head there at the end of the play and that's where the problem lies right now.”

Athanasiou said he hadn't even realized he had hit Läck as he scored the goal that gave the Red Wings a 4-3 victory.

“I had a tight angle there, so I just tried to drive the net and I'm fortunate it worked out,” he said. “You never want to see a player go down like that and go on a stretcher. I hope he's okay. I had no idea I hit him.”