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Paajarvi & fellow Swedes upset by Norway

by Jen Sharpe / Edmonton Oilers
Oilers forward Magnus Paajarvi chases the puck Saturday, April 30. (Photo by Jukka Rautio / HHOF-IIHF Images)    
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After Jordan Eberle and Devan Dubnyk participated in Day 1 of the 2011 World Championship Friday, it was Magnus Paajarvi's turn to represent the Oilers as part of Team Sweden on Day 2.


The game started well for Sweden. Although Norway quickly matched Loui Eriksson's opening goal, two goals by Patrik Berglund gave the Swedes a 3-1 lead.

Berglund's second goal, a pretty power-play marker, was assisted by Paajarvi and David Petrasek.

In the second period, Norway went on the offensive. Capitalizing on Swedish penalties and miscues, the underdog Norwegians got two pucks past Swedish goalie Erik Ersberg to tie the game at three.

Sweden took the lead again midway through the third, but Norway countered with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, forcing overtime and a shootout.

It was here that Norway excelled, scoring on their first two attempts and receiving two big stops from netminder Lars Haugen to steal a 5-4 win over their Scandinavian rivals. The historic event marked Norway's first-ever victory over Sweden at any level since they started playing eachother in 1950.

On an individual note, Paajarvi finished with one point, three shots, and +1 in 15:49. Matching Eriksson's two-point performance, former Oiler Robert Nilsson registered two assists in the game.


Jordan Eberle chases the puck during Canada's tournament-opening game vs Belarus Friday, April 29, 2011. (Photo by Matthew Murnaghan / HHOF-IIHF Images)
Team Sweden will rest and regroup on Sunday before returning to action Monday, May 2 vs Austria. That game starts at 12:15pm MT and will be webcast live

As for Dubnyk, Eberle, and the rest of Team Canada, they take on France Sunday, May 1 at 8:15am MT. The Canadians should be familiar with French tactics: with Dubnyk between the pipes, Canada defeated France 3-2 in exhibition play one week ago.

You can watch the rematch live on TSN Sunday morning starting at 8am. 

As always, follow the official Oilers Twitter account for updates on Oilers efforts in Slovakia, and visit for a game recap of each Team Canada and Team Sweden game. 

(all times mountain)

Friday, April 29:

Canada 4 - Belarus 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Saturday, April 30:

Norway 5 - Sweden 4 (SO)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Sunday, May 1:

Canada vs. France - 8:15 a.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Monday, May 2:

Sweden vs. Austria - 12:15 p.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Tuesday, May 3:

Canada vs. Switzerland - 8:15 a.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Wednesday, May 4:

Sweden vs. USA - 12:15 p.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

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