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Czechs down Swedes in world hockey quarters

TT/AFP/The Local · 18 May 2012, 07:06

Published: 18 May 2012 07:06 GMT+02:00

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“The Czechs were better. We were off to a flying start but then we started losing pucks in the wrong situations,” said Swedish player Henrik Zetterberg to news agency TT after the defeat.

Dallas Stars left winger Loui Eriksson put Sweden ahead at 7:10 but the Czechs replied positively for a 2-1 lead before the first break as their forwards Petr Nedved and Jiri Novotny scored one apiece.

Nashville Predators right wing Martin Erat increased the Czech lead at 30:27 on powerplay but Detroit Red Wings left winger Zetterberg and Jonathan Eriksson scored 45 seconds before and after the second break to pull the scores level.

Ottawa Senators winger Milan Michalek had the few Czech supporters in the Stockholm Globen arena on their feet with just 29 seconds remaining when he placed the winning goal straight into the net behind Swedish goalminder Viktor Fasth.

“It feels bloody harsh right now," said Fasth to TT coming off the ice.

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The defeat so early on in the competition has started speculation into whether Swedish head coach Pär Mårts will hand in his resignation.

In Saturday's semi-finals Finland will face Russia in a replay of the last year's semi-final, while the Czech Republic will take on former compatriots Slovakia, which dispatched Canada in a 4-3 upset win.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:41 May 18, 2012 by rob582
Go Finland!
11:24 May 18, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
This is the year of the giant killers. Canada, the USA (who had beaten Finland 5-0 a few days ago), and Sweden, all wiped out in the first round.
11:43 May 18, 2012 by Localer
maybe most NHL players doesn't used to the bigger ice ?
11:45 May 18, 2012 by Uncle
THIS time Sweden deserved to lose. Unlike the case with the Russians.
15:17 May 18, 2012 by thestudent
Was looking forwards to a FIN-SWE finals :(
15:41 May 18, 2012 by Saints
That's what happens when you don't include players from the 2 dominants northern teams Luleå and Skellefteå.
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