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Sweden suffer first world hockey loss to Russia

AFP/The Local · 12 May 2012, 12:28

Published: 12 May 2012 12:28 GMT+02:00

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Sweden were slightly more precise in the first period scoring two powerplay goals by Ottawa Senators defender Erik Karlsson and Detroit Red Wings wing Henrik Zetterberg, while Russia replied through Alexander Popov.

In the second, Russia pulled to level as this year's NHL scoring champion Yevgeni Malkin and Alexei Yemelin both scored for Russia, while another Detroit winger Johan Franzen added his goal for Sweden.

Alexander Perezhogin netted Russia's fourth just 15 seconds into the third, while Malking added two more goals to grab the lead in the event's scorers contest with 11 points (6 goals and 5 assists) and to secure Russia's win.

Blueliner Denis Denisov made it 7-3 with 54 seconds remaining.

Olympic champions Canada battled back from two goals down to clinch their group lead with a 5-3 win over reigning champions, and co-hosts of the world ice hockey championship, Finland here Friday.

New York Islanders center John Tavares and Carolina Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner both collected a goal and an assist, while goalie Cam Ward made 35 saves to lift their team on top of their group.

The Finns got off to a lively start through left winger Antti Pihlstrom who had his 13,000 home supporters on their feet, scoring the opening goal 5:53 into the match.

Finland skipper Mikko Koivu made it 2-0 on a powerplay halfway into the first period.

But in the second Canada upped the tempo to level at 3-3 through Vancouver Canucks winger Alexandre Burrows, Tavares and Skinner, who scored one apiece, while Jussi Jokinen was on target for Finland.

Winnipeg Jets center Evander Kane scored the Canada winner 6:04 into the third.

In the late stages Finland substituted their 'keeper for the sixth field player but only to allow Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle to send the puck into the empty net with just 24sec to go.

"We started well but got ourselves into some penalty trouble in the first period," Canada coach Brent Sutter said.

"We regrouped in the break. In the second and third periods we were more persistent."

"That was team Finland's second game in two nights and I think it helped us in the last two periods."

In the early Helsinki match, the United States had to battle through three periods against Kazakhstan to record their second overtime 3-2 win at the event.

The Americans looked rusty from the start and failed to break the deadlock before Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T.Brown scored their opening goal 14:12 into the second period but Kazakhstan winger Konstantin Pushkaryov leveled four minutes later.

Carolina Hurricanes defender Justin Faulk restored the US lead at 44:58 but Talgat Zhailauov levelled again with 4:06 remaining in the third period sending the game into overtime.

Faulk was the hero of the match scoring a sudden-death winner with just 22sec to go to add two points to his team's balance.

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"We generated a lot of offensive zone time and 50 shots that we produced in the match is a good indication," the US team coach Scott Gordon said.

"Unfortunately a late Kazakhstan equaliser didn't allow us to get all three points but we got two in the overtime and in general I'm satisfied with the match."

The 2010 champions, Czech Republic, took a 6-0 win over Italy at the ice of Globe arena.

The Czechs clinched a 2-0 lead in the first period scoring through Petr Nedved and Jiri Novotny.

In the second Petr Caslava netted a double, while Ales Hemsky added a goal to give Czech Republic a commanding 5-0 lead.

Nashville Predators winger Martin Erat rounded off the scoring at 54:29.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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19:59 May 12, 2012 by Uncle
Of course Russians won. They had 3 referees playing with them. These were the most rigorous players.

Emelin should be sent home together with his referee buddies. Embarrassment for a world cup.
21:57 May 12, 2012 by Canadian Hermit
I guess, guys, Swedish players should suck it up. They pretty much provoked a "push-back" from Russians and ... paid the price.
22:27 May 12, 2012 by Uncle
Are you kidding me, Hermit??? Did you watch the game?

Russians were getting all nervous when the score was 3:1. Malkin was TOTALLY neutralized. So they put Emelin on Franzen like a fly on .... Whatever Emelin did, the referees did not react on. His spearing was out of line and still he got only 2 minutes. The russian game was as dirty as a game in the 70's and swedes are simply not used to this amount of dirt. So swedes just stopped playing.

Hockey is a game that relies on mental strength and when referees not only do mistakes, but are trying to correct them when it is obviously too late (Nikulins send off, that was not justified), it just breaks the spirit of players. Your NHL referee showed a lack of professionalism that decided the outcome of an equal game and it was just depressing.
01:25 May 13, 2012 by LagomSucks
So Sweden isn't the best at everything after all. Suck it up losers
11:20 May 13, 2012 by Localer
If Sweden isn't best at anything, please go back to your useless country.
15:49 May 13, 2012 by Canadian Hermit
Uncle, I'm 50 + guy, so I do remember Soviets playing in Canada for the first time.... i did not see dirty hockey. Different concept of game ( team work) ... yes... but no dirty tricks. We can blame referees forever ... Russians played 5 minutes in minority and stood the ground. Yours guys had plenty of opportunities to get it right. Franzen got what he deserved .... I'd preferred it done by fist, not by stick .... that's wrong indeed. His play in first period was far from good standard of sportsmanship. Anyway, Russians , trailing for a while, managed to change the 'mode' of the game and won without doubt. It hurts your feeling, I know, but it's just a game, my friend, only a game ....
16:56 May 13, 2012 by HelmiVainikka
I find it pathetic how daddy state before each competition, regardless if it is ESC, Hockey, or Soccer, always paint it out in media as if Sweden is the one and only possible winner, undefeatable and Godlike in every aspect, in everything they do. Yet, as Sweden lose, and their blown up chests shrink back to their actual size again, instead of accepting the defeat and that there are plain and simply are other countries with more talent then them, they find every possible and impossible excuse for why that happened.

Because the "oh so proud Vikings" can not possibly lose anything! Infact, it must have been because the referees where bribed, the Swedish teamplayers all had a "acing foot" and an "upcoming cold", or the moon where not alined with Venus and Mars. It disgusts me how there always have to be an excuse for why they didn't win, when it in reality is for the simple fact that the other team where better. End of story. No other country I've seen EVER pulled such stunts as they do in Sweden. All these ridiculous excuses are all wasted time. They can simply not accept the fact that Sweden sucks, end of story. But I guess it must hurt to have the bubble they all live in burst.

The absolute worst part in this is that it is not just media who pulls this crap, but the Swedes themselves believes in it full force. They all think they are Gods in everything they participate in, "proud Vikings" who can not possibly get beaten down! But honestly? If the Vikings they seem to admire so much would see how ball-less and pathetic their people have become, they would roll in their graves!
18:39 May 13, 2012 by Uncle

I obviously meant NHL 70's. BTW, remember the big fight between Soviets and Canadians in the 80's? It was not caused by air, but constant dirty game.

Swedes got their first penalty time deep into the second period. Their game was clean as crystal the first half of the game.

Camera followed JUST Emelin during the second period and he clearly had the task to free Malkin from this CLEAN pressure. He did it constantly in the dirtiest of ways and the pushing around that ended in having a stick in Franzen's stomach, as well as Franzen's explosion was clearly a result of this constant and unrelenting interference and violence.

HelmiVainikka What the Hell are you banging on about? Good game today to finns btw. Real success...
19:04 May 13, 2012 by HelmiVainikka
@Uncle: What I said.

Congrats BTW for successfully stereotyping though. Nice job.

Hate to break it to you, but I could not care less about how well or horrible Finland does in Hockey. To your surprise you should know that there is people in Finland, actually more than you think, that do not give a damn about anything Hockey.
19:21 May 13, 2012 by Migga
Two russians were suspended after the game. They didn`t only play dirty, they didn`t play according to the rulebook.
09:53 May 15, 2012 by klubbnika
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