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Canada fall to the Swedes in Quarters

Andrew Ladd puts up a pair of assists but Sweden advance to the Semi-Finals with shootout win.

Friday, 17.05.2013 / 10:08 AM / News Articles
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Canada fall to the Swedes in Quarters
Andrew Ladd puts up a pair of assists but Sweden advance to Semi-Finals with shootout win.

QUARTERFINALS

USA 8 - RUSSIA 3


STOCKHOLM GROUP
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
SWITZERLAND
7 6 1 1 0 20
CANADA
7 5 1 1 0 18
SWEDEN 7 5 0 0 2 17
CZECH REP. 7 3 1 0 3 11
NORWAY 7 3 0 0 4 9
DENMARK 7 1 1 1 4 6
BELARUS 7 1 0 0 6 3
SLOVENIA 7 0 0 2 5 2

HELSINKI GROUP
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
FINLAND 7 4 2 0 1 16
RUSSIA 7 5 0 0 2 15
USA 7 5 0 0 2 15
SLOVAKIA 7 3 0 1 3 10
GERMANY 7 2 1 1 3 9
LATVIA 7 2 0 1 4 7
FRANCE 7 2 0 1 4 7
AUSTRIA 7 1 1 0 5 5

JETS STATS AT IIHF
NAME GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Andrew Ladd CAN 8 3 3 6 4 +3
Jacob Trouba USA 5 1 1 2 0 0
Arturs Kulda LAT 7 1 1 2 8 -5

JETS STATS AT IIHF
NAME GP W L GAA PCT SO
Ondrej Pavelec CZE 5 3 2 1.42 .937 1

CANADA 2, SWEDEN 3- SO

The game was decided on the fourth shot after Jordan Eberle and Loui Eriksson scored for Canada and Sweden, respectively, with the first three shots.

"I’m really happy," said winning coach, Pär Mårts. "They are a tough team to beat. We knew we had to play our best game of the tournament. Today everything worked well. I’m happy for Swedish hockey because you have to play for the medals in your home tournament."

"It's tough to lose a close game like this one," said goalie Mike Smith, who played well but lost in a shootout for the second time this tournament. "They battled hard and played great. We had some chances to put the game away but couldn't. This is a game that could have gone either way."

Canada, for the fourth consecutive year, goes home empty-handed. To make matters worse, Eric Staal, the team's captain, suffered what looked to be a bad knee injury in the first period after being taken out by a knee-on-knee hit from Alexander Edler.

"It was tough seeing someone like that go down," said defenceman P.K. Subban. "He's one of the best players in the world and our captain. It was tough."

Edler's actions are under review and the disciplinary panel will hold a hearing on Friday to determine if further sanctions are merited. Edler received a five-minute major and game misconduct on the play.

"I was so nervous in the shootout that I could barely watch," said Erik Gustafsson. "Usually I'm not that nervous, but today I was nervous. This is a great feeling to win the game. It is hard to describe. We will enjoy tonight and go to the next game against Finland."

The first period was markedly different from the one these two teams played last week. In that game, Canada took control from the opening faceoff, scoring the only goal and dominating in all areas of the game en route to a convincing 3-0 win.

Tonight, the team was more cautious, giving Sweden a chance to gain some confidence. The game turned initially in Tre Kronor’s favour after a bad pinch by Subban at centre ice, resulting in a two-on-one that should have given Sweden the opening goal. Simon Hjalmarsson’s pass to Gabriel Landeskog, though, was way off and the chance was lost.

Canada failed to connect with the five-minute advantage late in the period after Edler's infraction. Then, an Andrew Ladd minor nullified two minutes of it, leaving the game scoreless after 20 minutes.

The major penalty carried over to the second, however, and Canada capitalized on the fresh ice. Stéphane Robidas’ point shot was nicely deflected by Steven Stamkos in the slot just 45 seconds in, and Canada had the first goal.

The visitors had a great chance to make it 2-0 when Stamkos had a breakaway, but he made one move too many and ran out of room to tuck the puck past Enroth. In the last second, Canada thought it finally did go up 2-0, but video review showed the puck entered the net after time had expired.

"Jhonas is one of the most competitive players I've ever seen," said Gustafsson. "He showed that in the shootout. Nerves of steel. In the second period, if Stamkos scores on the breakaway it's a different game. He kept us in the game and played amazing."

When Dan Hamhuis drew a penalty for lifting the puck into the crowd early in the third, fans sensed the moment – and the Swedes responded. Nicklas Danielsson's one-timer from the point sailed through a maze of bodies in front and past Smith, tying the game and sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Four minutes later, the play was repeated after a senseless penalty by Claude Giroux. Samuelsson's point shot on the ensuing power play again found its way to the net where it went off Eriksson's skate and through Smith's pads to give the Swedes their first lead of the game.

Giroux atoned a minute later, though. Stamkos made a great play along the boards to force a turnover, and Andrew Ladd made a perfect pass to Giroux, who snapped a quick shot under the arm of Enroth to make it a 2-2 game at 10:50.

ANDREW PODNIEKS

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 65 22 30 13 52
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
B. Wheeler 63 17 29 13 46
D. Byfuglien 65 15 27 6 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 65 10 26 2 36
M. Frolik 65 14 20 5 34
D. Stafford 59 11 17 -20 28
J. Tlusty 55 13 11 -19 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 8 5 .918 2.34
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.57
 
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