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Sweden beat Germany in fourth world hockey win

Sweden on Wednesday night outscored Germany 5-2 in the Globen arena in Stockholm to remain their group's table-toppers with four wins in as many matches.

Sweden beat Germany in fourth world hockey win

“I was a bit worried beforehand as it is easy that players pull back a little a few games into the tournament,” said Swedish head coach Pär Mårts to dally Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

“I am really pleased with how the game developed,” he added.

The Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger gave Sweden an early lead scoring 1:17 into the first period when he sent home a rebound from just outside the crease.

Germany poured into attack seeking the equalizer and their left-winger

Philip Gogulla levelled just before the first intermission scoring on Kai Hospelt’s pass.

But in the second period the Swedes stepped us a gear, scoring twice through Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stålberg and Ottawa Senators blueliner Erik Karlsson who gave their team a comfortable 3-1 lead.

According to Karlsson, the goal was made possible by team member Johan Franzén standing in the way of the goal minder’s line of vision.

“It wasn’t a particularly spectacular shot,” he told news agency TT.

Germany’s Patrick Reimer narrowed the gap with 3:02 remaining in the second period but Niklas Persson restored Sweden’s two-goal lead 2:30 into the third, while Detroit Red Wings’ right wing Johan Franzén finalized the scoring at 48:32.

According to Karlsson, the Swedish team played well in Wednesday’s game, although he felt they were holding back compared to the three previous games of the tournament.

“It was perhaps not our best game – but if we win 5-2 we will have to be content. It was stable,” said Karlsson.

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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.”