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Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist
will have to wait at least another year before winning his next World Championship medal.
On Saturday, Lundqvist's Swedish squad lost to Finland 4-0 in the bronze-medal game at Quebec City, but the Rangers goaltender was not in net for the Swedes. Instead, Stefan Liv absorbed the loss, while Finland's Niklas Backstrom put on a clinic in stopping all 36 Swedish shots.
|Henrik Lundqvist watches Rick Nash's go-ahead goal get past him in the second period on Friday at the 2008 World Championship tournament. Lundqvist and his Swedish teammates will play for bronze on Saturday. |
Just 24 hours earlier, Lundqvist and Team Sweden had fallen to Canada 5-4 in the second of two semifinal games at Quebec City. As a result, the Swedes were forced to play for bronze.
Canada will go for gold against Russia on Sunday. Both teams enter the game with perfect 7-0-0 records since the start of the qualifying round.
The Rangers will be represented in Sunday's gold-medal game by defenseman Fedor Tyutin. The young defenseman is already assured of at least a silver in his World Championship debut, since the Russians routed Finland 4-0 in Friday's other semifinal.
The game of the day on Friday was the eagerly-anticipated Canada-Sweden showdown, which pitted Lundqvist against Team Canada goalie Pascal Leclaire of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The two netminders had combined for 19 shutouts during the 2007-08 NHL regular season.
Leclaire and the Canadians would end up with the victory, as four second-period goals by Canada prompted Swedish coach Bengt Gustafsson to remove Lundqvist from the net for the third period. Lundqvist finished with 22 saves and was the victim of some bad bounces that went Canada's way. His replacement, Mikael Tellqvist, held the Canadians off the board with 11 saves over the final 20 minutes.
The game was tied 1-1 heading into the decisive middle period after first-period goals from Canada's Dany Heatley, on an early power play, and Sweden's Anton Stralman
, who tied the score with only 45 seconds left in the opening period.
Sweden then took a 2-1 lead at 2:46 of the second period, when Niclas Wallin scored at even strength. But just over a minute later, the tied turned for Canada as Ryan Getzlaf tied the game on a power play. Jamal Mayers then gave the Canadians their first lead at 3-2, scoring off assists from Jason Chimera and Jason Spezza at 8:31 of the second.
Lundqvist, who made 11 saves in each of the first two periods, helped keep the Swedes in the game until Stralman scored on a power play to tie the score at 3-3 with 9:34 left in the second period. Only 63 seconds later, the Canadians took the lead for good at 4-3 on a highlight-reel goal by Rick Nash that featured a tremendous individual effort in the offensive zone.
The real turning point came on a power play with only 6.7 seconds left in the period. Mike Green, the Washington defenseman who had a pair of overtime goals against the Rangers during the regular season, got a huge goal. Breaking out through the neutral zone off a pass from Leclaire, Green caught a break when Sweden's Doug Murray lost his edge, enabling Green to move in on a breakaway and beat Lundqvist with a high shot.
Green's improbable goal dropped the Swedes into a two-goal deficit they could not overcome despite Fredrik Warg's early third-period tally.
|Fedor Tyutin |
The Swedes will face Finland in Saturday's bronze-medal game. The Finns found themselves hunting for bronze after being crushed by Russia on Friday. The Russians got goals from NHL star Sergei Fedorov, Russian Superleague star Denis Zaripov, and former NHLers Alexei Morozov and Maxim Sushinsky.
Friday's Russia-Finland outcome hardly seemed in doubt after Fedorov gave the high-flying Russians a 1-0 lead with an even-strength goal at 13:41 of the opening period. Zaripov made it 2-0 early in the second, and Morozov padded the lead to 3-0 with a power-play tally just 2:15 into the third.
Shots were even at 23-23, but San Jose Sharks goaltender and Vezina Trophy candidate Evgeni Nabokov was perfect in making all 23 saves for the Russians. Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild had 19 saves in defeat for Finland.
Tyutin, paired on defense with Vitali Proshkin, saw 12:33 of ice time and finished the game with a plus-1 rating. He was on the ice for Sushinsky's final goal of the game at 17:56 of the third period.