SWEDEN 2 GERMANY 0
Early scoop from warm-up: Christian Ehrhoff is sporting #10 instead of the #5 he wears with the Canucks, I wonder if he'll be twice as good because of it.
Also, Daniel Sedin is in his customary #22, but Henrik is only two digits off at #20. Fredrik Modin has #33 because, according to the Swedish repoter beside me, he is older.FIRST PERIOD
In news not related to anything: I was just charged $5.00 for a bottle of water. Dang I loves the Olympics!
This game has it all, already.
Except goals. This game has everything but scoring.
In an entertaining opening period the Swedes and Germans traded chances going back and forth like heavyweights.
Early on it was the Germans with pressure before Sweden came to life. Tre Kronor didn’t pick up its first shot until the 10:49 mark, yet Sweden trails by only one, 7-6, on the shot clock.
The Sedins look dangerous skating with former Modo teammate Mattias Weinhandl, while Christian Ehrhoff and d-mate Korbinian Holzer have held Sweden at bay. Ehrhoff drew a penalty on Weinhandl to negate a Sweden power play late in the period.
In the stands the atmosphere is truly unique with fans from both countries proudly showing their support with their attire and their cheers. I feel a bit like Charlie Brown trying to understand his teacher, nothing makes sense.
In case you were wondering what the massive cliché of the first period was, I’ll fill you in. Five minutes into the game on a stoppage in play what band was heard overhead? You know it – ABBA baby! I might have seen Henrik do a little jig, but I can’t confirm this.SECOND PERIOD
The scoreboard finally saw some action in the second courtesy of former Canucks veteran defenceman Mattias Ohlund, who returns to Vancouver for the first time since jumping ship for Tampa Bay in the off-season.
On a power play where Germany failed to clear the zone once, Sweden hit netminder Thomas Greiss with a barrage of shots, including a slapper from Ohlund just outside the left dot.
With Daniel Sedin performing his patented jumping screen in front, Greiss didn’t see the puck until the red light was on.
Sedin went up 2-0 thanks to some aggressive forechecking from Daniel Alfredsson and Nicklas Backstrom, who ended up with the rubber deep in the German end. He made a swift move before sending the puck across the crease to Loui Eriksson for an empty-net one-timer.
Two seemed to be the magical number of the second as we are now up to two ABBA tracks played this game.
Fingers crossed for a third in the third.THIRD PERIOD
A carbon copy of the first period, the third had both teams trading chances but neither hitting the scoreboard.
The Germans hit Swedish keeper Henrik Lundqvist with seven shots in the third and he stopped each one on his way to a 21 save shutout.
Neither the Sedins nor Ehrhoff recorded a point leaving Pavol Demitra the Canucks’ only hope to break the donut.
No more ABBA in the final frame, there as some Cotton-Eyed Joe though. Oddly enough, I actually prefer ABBA. Just don’t tell anyone I said that.
I’m off to the shark tank, sorry, the mixed zone, to chat with the Danny, Hank and Bobby Hoff.
Click here for what the three Canucks thought of Sweden's narrow victory.