Sweden took home the bronze medal at the World Hockey Championships for the second year in a row as Jonas Andersson
scored twice in a 3-1 victory over host Germany in Cologne on Sunday
had the other goal for the disappointed Swedes, who lost their semifinal game 3-2 to the Czech Republic in a shootout after the Czechs tied the game with 7.5 seconds left in regulation.
"It took as a couple of hours to get over the disappointment of missing the final," Andersson told the IIHF website of the loss to the Czech Republic. "But we had too many good guys on the team not to give our best. We had higher goals coming into the tournament, but, of course, it's nice to go home with a medal."
Two-time defending champion Russia played the Czech Republic later in the day for the gold medal.
Sweden opened the scoring early. Christian Backman
drilled a pass from behind the goal line to Paajarvi-Svensson racing through centre ice. The Edmonton Oilers
¨top pick in the 2009 Entry Draft raced in and beat goaltender Dennis Endras
Germany got even when Alexander Barta knocked in his own rebound for the only goal of the second period, but Andersson put Sweden ahead to stay 3:57 into the third when his stoppable shot from the lower right circle squeezed through Endras¨pads. Andersson hit the empty net in the final minute to wrap up the scoring.
Despite going home without a medal, the Germans gave the home fans a lot to cheer about.
"I feel great about our team," captain Marcel Goc
of the Nashville Predators
told the IIHF site. "Still, I think everybody on the team is disappointed because we were so close to a medal. It's tough right now, but I think it'll give a push to German ice hockey. When we look back on this in a few days or weeks, we'll realize what we did here."