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Lindberg Reflects on Second Gold Medal With Sweden

The forward also talks about his strong finish with the Rangers

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Oscar Lindberg laughed when asked if he was Sweden's lucky charm at the World Championships after he captured his second Gold Medal at the tournament in his second appearance on Sunday when Sweden edged Canada, 2-1, in a shootout.

"I'm lucky to win both times," said Lindberg, who was part of Sweden's 2013 World Championship team that won Gold on home soil. "We had two good teams both times. You have to have a little luck to win. It's a fun experience both times. I'm happy we won again."

The 2013 victory wasn't what anyone would call a nail biter, as Sweden topped Switzerland 5-1 for its ninth championship at the tournament. This time, though, was a different story as the teams played a breakneck overtime that ultimately went to a shootout. 

Two of Sweden's skaters scored, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped everything he saw - with help from a post - to clinch title No. 10.

"It was a little nerve wracking in the end, but Hanky played great for us," Lindberg said of the victory over Canada. "We felt confident in our game and I thought we played a good final game."

Lindberg, who had previously represented Sweden at three international tournaments including the World Junior Championships, called it an "honor" to be asked to play for his home country, especially since his addition to the roster came midway through the tournament.

"Every time they ask if you want to play it's a big honor," he said. "You feel proud to represent your country. I was happy they asked me, especially coming in late to the tournament. They wanted me to go, so I was happy to go."

Lindberg finished with two assists in his five games and skated on a line with Washington's Nicklas Backstrom and Toronto's William Nylander, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

"Two good players," Lindberg said of his linemates. "I got a chance to play a little bit more offensive minutes. Two great guys and we created chemistry."

After a slow start following hip surgery last summer that cost Lindberg all of training camp and the first two weeks of the regular season, the 25-year-old finished the season strong with three of his eight regular season goals coming in the final 11 contests. He carried that over into a strong postseason with three goals and an assist in 12 matches.

"It definitely ended better than it started," Lindberg said of his finish, adding he felt he played his best hockey in the playoffs. "Hopefully I can have a good summer and come back to New York and be ready for a good year next year.

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