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Sweden captures gold at world championship

Sunday, 05.19.2013 / 8:39 PM ET / News
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Sweden captures gold at world championship



The nation of Sweden celebrated a gold-medal winning effort Sunday at Globe Arena in Stockholm, while a tremendous run by Switzerland at the 2013 IIHF World Championship finally came to an end.

Jhonas Enroth stopped 26 shots and Henrik Sedin had two goals and an assist as Sweden recorded a 5-1 win over the surprising Swiss to claim gold for the first time since 2006.

It's Tre Kronor's ninth gold medal all-time at the Worlds. Sweden became the first host nation to win gold since the former Soviet Union accomplished the feat in Moscow in 1986.

"It's an unbelievable feeling. You can't put it into words," defenseman Henrik Tallinder told the IIHF website. "As soon as we got our legs and got that first goal, I thought we controlled the game pretty well."

Switzerland, which won its first nine games of the tournament, had not medaled at the Worlds since 1953, when it took home bronze. Though a silver medal isn't what the Swiss entered Sunday seeking, it was still a historic achievement for the country's ice hockey program.

Switzerland briefly led in the first period when defenseman Roman Josi continued a tournament-long hot streak with his fourth goal at the 4:45 mark.

Enroth wouldn't let a puck past him after that, however, and Sweden recovered to take the lead before the opening 20 minutes had passed.

Switzerland goalie Martin Gerber hadn't faced a shot over the first 8:42 of the game, but he was beaten by defenseman Erik Gustafsson to knot the score. Sedin came through with the go-ahead goal at 11:38 on a power play.

"We had a really good start," said Gerber, who stopped 22 shots. "We were confident, but then out of the blue they tied it up and then had some penalties. We got lost for a while and had a hard time getting back on track."

Enroth, who received the Best Goalie award for the tournament, maintained the one-goal lead through the second period and into the third, when Sweden provided him with some insurance.

Simon Hjalmarsson made it 3-1 off a turnover by converting a Gabriel Landeskog pass at 7:13 and a Sedin point shot deflected in off the skate of Loui Eriksson with 4:23 remaining. Sedin had a shorthanded goal into an empty net with 3:24 remaining and Switzerland desperately trying to get back into the contest.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 56 15 25 6 40
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
A. Henrique 54 19 18 14 37
K. Palmieri 56 20 16 3 36
T. Zajac 48 8 19 7 27
D. Schlemko 48 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 56 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 52 1 12 -1 13
J. Blandisi 17 4 7 -1 11
J. Josefson 45 3 8 -14 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 25 16 6 .931 1.98
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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