Superb goaltending helps Tre Kronor oust Czechs

Sweden cleared another hurdle on Thursday in its bid to reach the finals of the ice hockey World Championships in Switzerland by defeating the Czech Republic 3-1.

Superb goaltending helps Tre Kronor oust Czechs

Mattias Weinhandl put Sweden 1-0 up 3:53 into the second period with a close-range shot on a two-man powerplay.

Teammate Dick Tarnström made it 2-0 with 1:11 remaining before the second break.

At 8:48 into the third period, Petr Cajanek put the Czechs back on track scoring on a breakaway when two of his teammates were in the penalty box but Kenny Jönsson restored Sweden’s two-goal lead with 2:14 left.

The big story of the match, however, was the stellar performance in net by Sweden’s Jonas Gustavsson, who turned away 33 shots.

Nicknamed “The Monster” by the Swedish press for his role in leading his Färjestad club to gold in the Swedish ice hockey championships just a few weeks ago, Gustavsson was nevertheless humble about his contribution to Sweden’s victory over the Czechs.

“It was thanks to our sold defensive play that we only let in one goal,” he told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Sweden is now heading toward its ninth-straight World Championship semifinal, and will face the 2008 runner-up Canada on Friday evening in Berne.

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Sweden’s Rasmus Dahlin first overall pick in NHL draft

Rasmus Dahlin became just the second Swedish-born player to be selected first overall in the NHL draft on Friday when the Buffalo Sabres used the top pick on the rangy teenage defenceman.

Sweden's Rasmus Dahlin first overall pick in NHL draft
Rasmus Dahlin is bound for Buffalo. Photo: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP
Dahlin, who plays for Frolunda HC in the Swedish league and was widely expected to be the first pick, follows Mats Sundin, who was the top choice of the Quebec Nordiques in 1989.
“I just want everything to start,” Dahlin said. “I'm going to bring everything I have to that city. I'm super excited. I can't wait.”
Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov went second to the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens used the third pick to get Finnish centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
The draft had a decided Europe flavour as four of the top six players were Europeans. The first American was Brady Tkachuk who went to the Ottawa Senators at No. 4 and the Phoenix Coyotes took the first Canadian Barrett Hayton with the fifth pick. 
The 18-year-old Dahlin said he was happy to call Buffalo home despite the fact they haven't had a winning season in the past seven seasons and have missed the playoffs eight years in a row.
“It's amazing to finally put on the Buffalo Sabres' jersey,” Dahlin said. “I've been there twice. I love that city.”
The six-foot-three, 185-pound Dahlin was honoured as the best defenceman at the 2018 world junior championship in Buffalo, registering six assists in seven games. He also played twice for Sweden as a 17-year-old at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
At number six, the Detroit Red Wings chose the brash Halifax Mooseheads winger Filip Zadina who vowed to make teams that passed on him pay down the road.
“I'm telling my agent if they will pass on me, I will fill their net with the puck,” the Czech Zadina said. “Yeah, it's just I want to prove to them that they have done a bad decision.”
The lone trade of the day came before the draft when the Colorado Avalanche acquired backup goalie Philipp Grubauer and defenceman Brooks Orpik from the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals for the 47th pick. The Capitals were willing to get rid of Orpik and Grubauer so they could create salary cap space to sign free agents.