The no-name Swedes are starting to look familiar at the IIHF World Championships.
Mattias Weinhandl scored 3:15 into overtime yesterday to give Sweden a 3-2 victory over the Czech Republic and a berth in the semifinals, where it will face Canada tomorrow.
It is the eighth consecutive year Sweden will play in the semifinals, where it lost 4-1 to Canada last year in Moscow.
But this may be the sweetest of all, as the Swedes did it without most of their top NHL stars, such as Mats Sundin, Peter Forsberg, and a handful of the Detroit Red Wings now battling for the Stanley Cup like Nik Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom.
“It’s good to show everyone they were wrong,” said Sundin’s Toronto Maple Leafs teammate Anton Stralman. “We have a good group of players who play back in Sweden, so it’s good to feel that confidence in the group and to show everyone what we can do out there.”
Russia 6 Switzerland 0 —Switzerland put two pucks into its own net in the opening seven minutes to help Russia to a 6-0 victory
Finland 3 USA 2 (OT) — Sami Lepisto scored 3:59 in overtime to give Finland a 3-2 win over the United States. The U.S. scored two goals in the last five minutes of the third to send it to overtime.
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