Sweden wins IIHF world championship over undefeated Swiss team

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THE SWEDISH TEAM CELEBRATES AFTER WINNING THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

After a tight game for two periods, Sweden scored three goals in the third period and won the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship by a score of 5-1 over Switzerland on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Globe Arena in Stockholm.  It was Tre Kronor’s ninth title.  The United States beat Finland 3-2 in a shootout for the Bronze Medal.

Switzerland was 9-0 and Sweden was 6-2 going into the championship game.  Switzerland beat Sweden 3-2 earlier during the championships. (In preliminaries, Sweden finished third in its pool — with a 5-2 record — behind Switzerland and Canada.)  Switzerland’s Roman Josi, who plays for the Nashville Predators in the NHL, was named the world championship’s best defenseman and most valuable player.  Sweden’s Jhonas Enroth, a member of the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL, was named the best goalkeeper of the world championships.  Petri Kontiola of Finland received the award as best forward of the tournament.

Switzerland took the lead at 1-0 with a goal by Josi just 4:45 into the game.  Less than two minutes later, Erik Gustafsson of Sweden, who plays for the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL, scored a goal to make the score 1-1.  Shortly thereafter, Henrik Sedin of Sweden, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL, made a power play goal to put Sweden in the lead at 2-1.

There was no score in the second period.  Going into the final 20 minutes, it was anyone’s game.  Simon Hjalmarsson put in a rebound to put Sweden up by a 3-1 score at 7:13 remaining.  Loui Eriksson of Sweden, who plays for the Dallas Stars in the NHL, made a goal with 4:23 remaining make it 4-1 when a pass from Henrik Sedin bounced off Eriksson’s skate.  Henrik Sedin closed out the scoring with a long empty net goal at 3:24 remaining after Switzerland pulled its goalkeeper.

Jhonas made 26 saves for Sweden.  Martin Gerber of Switzerland, who formerly played in the NHL, had 22 saves.

It was Sweden’s first IIHF world championship since 2006.  In winning the Silver Medal, it was Switzerland’s first medal of any kind in the IIHF since it won a Silver Medal in the 1953 world championship.

Players selected to the all-star team by the media were:

GK — Jhonas Enroth, Sweden

DE — Roman Josi, Switzerland

DE — Julien Vauclair, Switzerland

FW — Petri Kontiola, Finland

FW — Paul Stastny, USA; he is a member of the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL.

FW — Henrik Sedin, Sweden.

Josi and Henrik Sedin each had four goals and five assists in the tournament.  Henrik Sedin’s twin brother, Daniel Sedin, had goal and five assists during the tournament.  The Sedin brothers only played in four games; they missed the early games because they were playing in the NHL’s Stanley Cup — but their team was swept in four games.

Sweden’s scores during the championships were as follows:

May 3 — Lost 3-2 to SUI.

May 4 — Won 2-1 over CZE.

May 6 — Won 2-1 over BLR.

May 8 — Won 5-1 over NOR.

May 9 — Lost 3-0 to CAN.

May 11 — Won 2-0 over SLO.

May 14 — Won 4-2 over DEN.

May 16 — Won 3-2 over CAN.

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THE SWEDISH TEAM SINGS THE SWEDISH NATIONAL ANTHEM AFTER WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP

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