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Canada completes comeback

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

Canada scored the only three goals of the third period to erase a 4-3 Sweden lead and held on for a thrilling 6-4 victory.

The win gives Canada a perfect 4-0 record and 12 points in the Group A standings while Sweden remains tied with Switzerland in second with eight. Sweden lost for the first time after two regulation wins and one in OT.

Sweden continues with a game against Germany tomorrow while Canada now has a two-day break before playing France on Saturday afternoon.

Canada found itself on its heels right from the opening faceoff and just never got on track in the opening period. Tre Kronor opened the scoring at 5:06 on a give-and-go behind the Canadian goal between linemates Loui Eriksson and Anton Lander.

Eriksson gave it to Lander who stepped out front on a wraparound, beating goalie Mike Smith and avoiding a check from Sidney Crosby.

The Swedes struck for two late goals to take control of the game. The first, at 17:21, was lucky in that Oscar Klefbom directed a weak backhand towards the goal. The puck went off Victor Rask’s skate, and video review determined there was no distinct kicking motion.

Just 28 seconds later, Filip Forsberg scored his tournament-leading fifth goal off a bad pinch by Brent Burns at the Swedish blue line. Forsberg walked in on an odd-man rush and snapped a shot of the short—side post and in, stunning the Canadians and putting the Swedes in clear control.

Canada being Canada, though, the players came out with renewed energy in what turned out to be a wild and entertaining period. It started when Todd McLellan shook up his lines, putting Crosby out with Eberle and Hall. They created three great chances, and on the next shift, Canada scored.

The goal came at 6:43 on a delayed penalty when Aaron Ekblad got a loose puck in the high slot and put a quick shot into the open side while goalie Anders Nilsson was out of position.

Author: Andrew Podnieks

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