SWEDEN (8) vs. ITALY (1)
The Swedes scored eight even-strength markers and held Italy to just a lone power-play tally to scoop up their third win of the 2017 IIHF World Championship at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany, on Friday.
Team Sweden scored twice by the 8:34 mark of the first period, dominating the Italians throughout as evidenced by a 15-4 shot differential after 20 minutes.
Italy's Giovanni Morini countered 3:50 into the middle stanza while Sweden's Joel Lundqvist was in the box for tripping, but that was it for the squad's offense. Jonas Brodin (Minnesota Wild) pushed the lead back to 3-1 just 6:02 later to give Sweden a nice cushion entering the final frame.
The Swedes put the game away in the third, recording five more markers and outshooting Italy 18-3 to close out the 8-1 victory.
Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog picked up an assist in the third period while again skating on a line with Victor Rask (one goal) and Elias Lindholm (one goal, one assist) of the Carolina Hurricanes. Landeskog finished with a plus-3 rating in 17:12 of playing time.
Avs forward Carl Soderberg assisted on Linus Omark's third-period goal, and finished the game with five shots and a plus-1 rating in 14:57 of ice time. Soderberg skated alongside Omark and Marcus Kruger (Chicago Blackhawks).
Sweden (3-0-1-1) sits in second place in Group A, behind Russia (3-1-0-0), and has a day off before facing Denmark (0-1-0-3) on Sunday.
Italy (0-0-1-4) is in last place in Group A and hits the ice on Saturday in a matchup against Germany (1-1-0-2).