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Live: Canada vs. Sweden

We're close to faceoff for the big dukaroo, with the winner receiving a bye into the medal-round semifinals.

Thunderous cheers for Canada as it takes the ice. Sweden gets some boos briefly as it was introduced a few seconds after Canada.


Sweden wins it, scoring twice on three tries against Roy as Anton Lander - who decreed the U.S, as the tournament favorite much to Canada's ire a week ago - clinches it. Calle Jarnkrok scored on first shootout try for Sweden. Robin Lehner bounces back after shaky start between pipes for Sweden as he stops Ryan Ellis and Brayden Schenn - who entered the game as the top scorers in the tournament.

Final score, Sweden 6-5 in a shootout. Carl Klingberg is player of game for Sweden, Marcus Foligno for Canada.


6:31: Puck drop.

1:13 left: Time to catch up. Swedes have been buzzing throughout period. Have faceoff to left of Roy.

18.2: Schenn has best Canada chance of OT and shot from right circle is gloved and held by Lehner. Timeout Canada.

End of OT: Bring on the shootout. Shots 2-1 Sweden in OT and 41-34 for game. First shootout of the tournament.

Third period

5:54 p.m.: Puck drop.

16:38 left: Until this period, Sweden did fine job of staying out of box and not letting Canada's lethal power play go to work. That changes as back-to-back penalties leads to 5-on-4 goal by Brayden Schenn, his seventh of the tournament. On door step, he knocks in rebound of Ryan Johansen redirect shot off Calvin de Haan pass. Canada leads, 5-4.

14:22: Shots are now 33-27 in favor of Sweden. 

8:17: Patrick Cehlin had a tiny window to shoot at during a rush up the left wing but he beat Roy high stick side. Tied, 5-5.

3:54: After Canada fails to convert on its power play, Sweden receives one and catches a break as a Tim Erixon turnover to Howden produces three-quarters ice breakaway stopped by Lehner.

2:05: Lehner save of the game. With traffic in front of him, he gets right pad on Couturier blast from between the circles and freezes the puck quickly.

1:39: Sweden's Calle Jarnkrok misses glorious chance alone in front off feed from Johan Larsson as Canada defenseman just stretches stick out enough to tip puck over glass.

End of third: Tied 5-5. Overtime on horizon. Shots 39-32 Sweden. It is 4-on4 for five minutes and if no one scores, we go to a shootout, just like the NHL.

Second period

5:01 p.m.: Puck drop.

19:08 left: Klingberg knocks in a rebound during scramble seconds after ringing one off the post. Tied, 3-3.

17:19 left: Jesper Thornberg lets one rip from just outside left circle that ticks either stick or shin pad of defenseman Erik Gudbranson and beats Roy high stick side. Swede leads, 4-3.

15:23 left: Canada ties it short-handed and goal that survives review as Hamiton is rewarded for driving hard to net on 2-on-1 as feed hits his skate and beats Lehner. Not a distinct kicking motion as Hamilton was stopping and waiting for pass from Brayden Schenn. Tied, 4-4.

13:08: Shots are 24-11 in favor of Sweden. Swedes survived initial intimidation period and 10 miuntes of the game and haven't backed down a lick from physical play from Canadians.

6:00: Swedes come close as Anton Lander on doorstep as Roy stops bouncing puck. Roy briefly shaken but not stirred on play. He's staying in there.

5:34: It's a tie game and the Canadian fans are still doing the wave. Gotta love it.

End of second: Tied 4-4. Sweden holds 33-19 edge in shots, 18-10 in second period. Yes, Olivier Roy gave up two quickies in the period but Swedes would be leading by more if not for his work in the net. Swedes also would be leading if not for a soft goal and bad bounce that led to another against Lehner.

First period

4:09 p.m.: Puck drop.

19:02 left: That didn't take long for Canada to get this place rocking. Marcus Foligno in front of net tied up with Swedish defenseman and puck apparently went in off Swede as Sean Couturier is credited with unassisted goal initially given to Foligno. Canada leads, 1-0.

17:45 left: Max Friberg baseball swings rebound of blocked shot past Olivier Roy for power-play goal. Tied, 1-1.

16:40 left: Hello Mr. Larsson. Adam Larsson sent flying into his own net after making breakout pass by Canada's Ryan Johansen, Play stopped as net knocked off. Fans erupt into thunderous cheers.

12:04 left: Olivier Roy played like a king in helping Canada kill off Sweden power play. Four quality saves - two glove stops through traffic - and five saves overall as Canada kills off penalty.

5:48 left: Shots are 10-5 in favor of Sweden. Bobby Orr in attendance and receives a big cheer upon being introduced to the crowd from his seat in one of the suites during a media timeout. Wow, Bobby Orr's in the house. Huge.

5:05 left: Sweden strikes again. Carl Klingberg corrals rebound in left corner skates out to circle and fires shot that appeared to deflect off defenseman Ryan Ellis. Sweden leads, 2-1.

4:22 left: Cue up the Mr. Softee music. Robin Lehner, who has seen time with Ottawa and plays with Binghamton Senators of AHL, gives up long one on floater by Quinton Howden as it appeared the shot ticked off his glove or arm before tricking into the net. Tied, 2-2.

2:25: Foligno gets another rise out of the crowd with another thunderous hit on a Swedish defenseman,

:00.5: Just when it seemed like this thing would be tied, one of the arena's caroms works in Canada's favor as Curtis Hamilton knocks in rebound of shot by Johansen that went high and wide, hit a partitian in the left corner and ricocheted off a swedish defenseman into the crease where Hamilton poked in the gift with Lehner down and out. Canada leads, 3-2.

End of first: Canada leads 3-2 but it could easily be losing this one. Olivier Roy makes 13 saves as Swedes hold 15-9 edge in shots. Other observation, Foligno is playing like a man possessed, throwing his weight around at will against Swede crew that isn't very small. 

---Miguel Rodriguez

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