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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59