Sweden win ice hockey world champs at home

Sweden battled back from a goal down to grab their ninth world ice hockey title on Sunday with a 5-1 win over unfancied Switzerland.

Sweden win ice hockey world champs at home

Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin collected two goals and an assist, while goalkeeper Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves to avenge a 3-2 defeat in the preliminary round.

The win has also ended the home-ice curse that prevented the championships’ hosts from winning the title on their home ice since the Soviet team did it in 1986.

Switzerland’s silver was the team’s first medal at the world championships after a 60-year wait.

IN PICTURES: See how Stockholm, the team, and the royal family celebrated the victory

“It’s terrific to be world champions,” New Jersey Devils defender Henrik Tallinder said. “It’s especially great to win the title in front of our home crowd.”

“We started the event unimpressively but managed to improve our performance day by day to finish on top.”

The Swiss took the lead at 4:45 through Nashville Predators rear guard Roman Josi, who sent the puck in with a close-range backhand shot.

Philadelphia Flyers blueliner Erik Gustafsson pulled Sweden level four minutes later sending home a rebound after Fredrik Pettersson’s powerful slap shot.

Henrik Sedin lifted Sweden 2-1 up at 11:38 with a powerplay goal sending the puck into unguarded net on his twin brother Daniel’s feeding pass.

Simon Hjalmarsson scored Sweden’s third goal 7:13 into the third period sweeping home a rebound after a mixup in the Swiss defence.

Dallas Stars left wing Loui Eriksson made it 4-1 at 55:37, while Henrik Sedin rounded off the scoring with his shorthanded empty net goal with 3:24 to go.

“We started well and scored,” said Swiss defender Severin Blindenbacher.

“Things went our way early in the match but we collected too many penalties in the first period and allowed them to grab control and win the game.”

The United States won bronze after beating co-hosts Finland 3-2 in a penalty shootout.

Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk scored the winning penalty as the US won their first world championship medal since a bronze in Prague in 2004.

The United States got off to a flying start through Craig Smith, who sent the puck home after just 58 seconds.

US captain Paul Stastny added his goal with 4:02 left in the first period, firing home on a powerplay.

But in the third Finland levelled courtesy of a double by Phoenix Coyotes left wing Lauri Korpikoski.

After a goalless overtime the match went to a penalty shootout where Galchenyuk scored the deciding penalty.

“I’m really proud of my players, who clinched this very important win for our country,” US manager Joe Sacco said.

“But the most impressive thing for me was how quick the group of young players became the real team.”

“We started the match really well. But after we went 2-0 up the Finns put pressure on us and levelled. Luckily, our goaltending today was really good, especially in the shootout.”

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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.