Returning for his second Olympic Games, Pahlsson was linemates with Daniel Alfredsson during the gold-medal run in 2006 -- a line combination that had its roots back in Frolunda while they played in the Swedish Elite League. Their line, along with P.J. Axelsson, combined for 10 of Sweden's 31 goals.
A silver medalist at the 2004 World Championships and a bronze medalist in 1999, he led the 2005 World Championship with 28 penalty minutes and finished second on the team in scoring with seven points.
Pahlsson's first international world tournament was the 1996 World Junior Championships, winning a silver medal alongside fellow 2010 Olympian Mattias Ohlund.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie