Denmark managed to resist only for the first period. They led by one goal thanks to Poulen´s shot but then the Swedish goal parade started. Sweden performed to their full potential and managed to shoot ten goals. They added the highest victory of this year´s championship into statistics. Lagestrom finished the game with a hat trick.
|Denmark - Sweden 1:10 (1:2, 0:4, 0:4)|
|Goals and Assists: 2. Poulen - 8. Moller (Hedman) , 10. Forsberg (Lagerstrom), 27. Backlund, 31. Lagerstrom (Backlund, N. Andersen), 33. Lagerstrom (Backlund), 35. Figren (Larsson), 47. Lagerstrom (Backlund, Forsberg), 52. Berglund (Alcén, Möller), 55. Svensson Pajarvi (Figren, Andersson), 55. Patrik Lundh.
Rozhodčí: Piechaczek, Ronn.
Linesmen: Gordenko, Kekalainen.
Penalties 5:8, Berglund Misconduct.
Powerplay goals: 0:0. Shorthanded goals: 0:2.
Shots on goals: 17:40.
|Denmark: Andersen (Moeller) - Rasmussen, Larsen, Lauridsen, Gronvaldt, J. Jensen, Pedersen, Bigler - Boedker, Eller, Holgaard - Poulsen, Hjulmand, Hardt - Leder, A. Jensen, N. Jensen - Svendsen, Lassen, Henriksen |
|Sweden: Ridderwall (Enroth) - Carlsson, K. Berglund, Motin, Hedman, Eklund, Andersen, Moe - Moller, P. Berglund, Alcen - Figren, Andersson, Larsson - Forsberg, Backlund, Lagerstrom - Kempe, Lundh, Hagelin - Svensson Paajarvi |
What a start! Were the words of team Denmark. They only needed 66 seconds of play to score the first goal. Morten Poulsen, taking advantage of a mistake by a Swedish defenseman, scored on a break-away. The Swedes overcame the awkward surprise very fast and Andersen made a few great early saves. He couldn´t resist the pressure forever and Oscar Moeller eventually found a hole between the pads. Though Denmark gave a valiant effort to play an equal game, they couldn´t compare to their rival. The defensemen didn´t stop Tobias Forsberg and Sweden raised the score by one. Both teams played fair, only three players receiving a penalty in the first period, and none of the powerplays led to a goal. Although Denmark had a few chances to score, the Swedes had the puck in their possession for the majority of the game.
“We had a tough time in the beginning of the game“, said Mikael Backlund. “But then we scored a couple of goals and they almost gave up“.
Both teams came back on the ice with a cautious style of play and there wasn´t much to see in the beginning of the second period. Spectators were awoken in the 27th minute when Mikael Backlund skillfully got over five Danish players and unbelievably scored a goal shorthanded. The Danes were losing energy with time running out and Sweden took over the game. Tony Lagerstorm parked himself to the side of Andersen´s goal. He then helped set up a short-handed goal when he spotted Mikael Backlund streaking past the Denmark defense and went in on a breakaway. The line of Backlund, Lagerstrom and Forsberg had a strong game. “We played simple, had good speed and found each other today“, said Backlund. Two minutes later Robin Figren forced Anderson out of his goal and scored a Sidney Crosby type goal. “I try to pick moves from the big players“, said Figren, commenting on his goal. The second goaltender, Christian Moeller, didn´t have much time to get settled in during the game. Kempe´s shot hopped over his head and ended in the goal crease behind him, but the Swedish forward was unable to capitalize on the play. The same player hit the spot a few seconds later. As the last five minutes of the second period ran by, Denmark, headed by Moeller, could finally take a breath.
Denmark had ten goals scored against them during the game. Swedish players circled dangerously close to Moeller´s crease often after the beginning of the third period. Tony Lagerstrom
went on with the goal parade and was the first one to get one past Moeller. The Swedes didn´t need a lot effort to finish the game. It seemed they were just having a practice, when Patrik Berglund
added to the score. Half a minute later Magnus Svensson Paarjavi
lead his teammates to the tenth goal. The happiest player of today`s game was probably Patrik Lundh
, The tenth goal scorer. Swedish players were hungry for more goals and they didn´t stop skating towards the Denmark goal but were unable to add to their lead.
Robin Figren is looking forward to the rest of the tournament. “We have good chemistry within our team and the heart is certainly there. I think it will be a pretty good game against Canada tomorrow.“
Ken Babey (DEN): We can not play offensive hockey against teams such as Sweden. We have to focus on defense and try to win 1:0 and not to play individually. Our defense made a lot of mistakes today, I hope we learn from that and play better against Slovakia.
Pär Mårts (SWE): I am really glad that we succeeded in todays game. Must win games are tough sometimes. I am glad for the beginning when we were losing as well. Our players noticed how it is to play with a knife on our throat. I believe that this victory was another small step towards a possible tournament victory.