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Swedes shutout Swiss 2-0

by Jen Sharpe / Edmonton Oilers
Magnus Paajarvi handles the puck in Sunday's World Championship game between Sweden and Switzerland. (Photo by Jukka Rautio / HHOF-IIHF Images).
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While Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk and the rest of Team Canada enjoyed a quiet Mother's Day in Slovakia, Magnus Paajarvi joined Team Sweden on the ice for a Qualification Round match vs Switzerland. 


With Viktor Fasth in net for Sweden and Leonardo Genoni manning the Swiss pipes, the game got underway.

With the exception of a pair of decent scoring chances at both ends of the ice, the first period was uneventful. Four consecutive infractions kept Swiss penalty killers busy, but Sweden couldn't capitalize.

After 20 minutes, Sweden held a 9-7 shot lead in the scoreless game.

The second period produced more shots but, once again, no goals. Three Swedish penalties gave Switzerland a taste of power-play, however goaltenders Fasth and Genoni stood strong.

Two more Swedish penalties opened up the third period, including a holding minor to Paajarvi and tripping minor to Mikael Backlund.

After Backlund completed his two minutes, he went on the offensive: receiving a feed from Staffan Kronwall, the forward skated up the left wing and wired a slapshot past Genoni for the first goal of the game.

Back-to-back Swiss penalties kept the red team from countering with a goal of their own, and with just over one minute remaining in regulation, they pulled Genoni and iced six skaters.

Backlund made the most of the opportunity, firing home an empty-netter to seal a 2-0 Swedish victory.

Paajarvi finished the game with two penalty minutes and four shots in 14:30.  


The Qualification Round concludes tomorrow with a must-see game between Canada and Sweden. The game will determine which team finishes first in Group F and thus plays the fourth-place team in Group E (Finland, Germany, or Russia) in the quarterfinals. 

The losing team in tomorrow's game will play the third-place team in Group E (again Finland, Germany, or Russia) in the quarterfinals.

You can watch Monday's important match live on TSN starting at 12:15pm MT.

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

Sunday, May 1:

Canada 9 - France 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Monday, May 2:

Sweden 3 - Austria 0
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Tuesday, May 3:

Canada 4 - Switzerland 3 (OT)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Wednesday, May 4:

Sweden 6 - USA 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

(all times mountain)

Friday, May 6:

Canada 4 - USA 3 (SO) 
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Sweden 4 - France 0
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Saturday, May 7:

Canada 3 - Norway 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sunday, May 8:

Sweden 2 - Switzerland 0
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Monday, May 9:

Canada vs. Sweden - 12:15pm MT
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights
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