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.
Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.
— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals