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Canucks Report: Sweden advances

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks

For the second straight game, Daniel and Henrik Sedin picked up two points as Sweden defeated Team Canada 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday in quarterfinal action at the IIHF World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.

Along with the Sedins, two other Canucks were featured in the game, as Alex Edler laced them up for Sweden for the second time in the tournament, while Dan Hamhuis was suiting up for his third game with Canada.

With less than five minutes left in the first period, Edler received a five-minute major for kneeing Canadian captain Eric Staal. The Canucks blueliner also received a game misconduct for the hit, while Staal did not return because of a lower-body injury.

After Steven Stamkos gave Canada a 1-0 lead through 40-minutes, the Sedins got Sweden on the board early in the third period after a nice Sedin-like cycle, Henrik found Nicklas Danielsson at the point, who one-timed the puck into the back of the net to even the score at 1-1.

Not long after, Danielsson, a fifth-round pick (160 overall) of the Canucks at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, was at it again. This time it was Daniel who took a pass from Henrik and found Danielsson at the point, who one-timed the puck into the back of the net on a nearly identical goal to make it 2-1 Sweden.

With the game tied at 2-2 following a goal from Claude Giroux, the teams headed to overtime. After a 10-minute period that saw end-to-end action, but no goals, the two squads required a shootout to determine who would advance to the semifinal round.

In the shootout, both Daniel and Henrik were stopped by Canadian goaltender Mike Smith; however, in the fourth round of the shootout, Swedish forward Fredrik Pettersson blasted a slap-shot from the hashmarks that beat Smith for the game-winner.

With the win the Swedes advance to the semifinal round, where they will take on Finland on Saturday, while Hamhuis and Canada will fail to medal for the fourth consecutive year.

Hamhuis finished the game with 26:05 of ice-time and three shots on goal. The Sedins both played over 25-minutes and combined for two shots on goal along with their two assists apiece, while Henrik finished 19-for-30 in the faceoff circle.

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