Swedes in semis at hockey worlds

Sweden will face the Czech Republic in the semi-finals of the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Germany on Saturday.

Swedes in semis at hockey worlds

The Tre Kronor beat Denmark, who were playing their first-ever world championship quarter-final, 4-2 in Mannheim. Marcus Nilson broke his world championship scoring dry spell nearly 15 minutes into the game on a power play to start things off for the Swedes.

Denmark played a tight defensive and lined up in the neutral zone to await the Swedish plays. Forwards Jonas Andersson and Rickard Wallin netted one apiece in the second period to give Sweden a commanding 3-0 lead.

The Danes refused to fold like they did in their 10-3 loss to the Tre Kronor in Ängelholm just before the world championship and Jesper Damgaard responded to get Denmark on the board.

In the third period, Linus Omark scored Sweden’s fourth goal, with Denmark’s Morten Madsen scoring the last point of the game with 2 minutes and 25 seconds remaining on the clock.

The Tre Kronor’s semifinal appearance is their 10th in a row at the world championships. The Swedes will play the Czechs on Saturday in Cologne.

“Good. Then we can get our revenge on them,” said Wallin afterward on TV6.

After Slovakia dashed the team’s chances of defending its gold medal in the quarterfinals at the Olympics earlier this year, it became clear early on that this edition of Team Sweden would not do with an indifferent contribution. It appeared from the beginning that the attitude was there.

The Tre Kronor last won a world championship semifinal four years ago in Riga, when head coach Bengt-Åke Gustafsson led the team to gold. The team became the first to win both the Winter Olympics and world championship in 2006.

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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.