The Swedish team beat the “home ice curse” that has been plaguing the IIHF Men’s World Championships since 1986 with a 5-1 win over Switzerland today.
Switzerland scored first, when the game was less than five minutes old. When one considers that the Swiss had only trailed for about 14 minutes in the previous nine games, and that they had managed to win some tight games over some very good teams (Sweden included), this early lead made all of the nervous nellies (myself included) come out of the woodwork. Luckily, Erik Gustafsson scored for Sweden just four minutes later, tying the game, and essentially re-setting the score to zero. Three minutes later, Henrik Sedin scored an unassisted power play goal to give Tre Kronor a 2-1 lead.
No one would score in the second (despite each team being awarded a powerplay), and the score stayed the same for the first seven minutes of the third period. The Simon Hjalmarsson broke through and scored. Eight minutes later, the hottest Swedish player (I’m talking point streaking, not real life streaking, get your mind out of the gutter) Loui Ericksson scored. Niklas Persson took a penalty a minute later, at which point Switzerland pulled their goalie in the hopes of scoring with a 6-on-4 advantage. Alas, Henrik Sedin exists, and he scored his second goal of the game by shooting the puck into the empty net.
This is the ninth gold medal for Team Sweden at the World Championships. Switzerland made history with their second ever silver medal in this tournament (and the last one came in 1935!)
P.S. If you want to read the official recap (includes the phase “like gorillas from a cage, as the saying goes”), go here.
P.P.S. I gotta give a shout out to my boy, Gabe Landeskog. (He’s not actually mine. But he plays for my team, the Colorado Avalanche.)