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Live: Sweden/Russia

Third Period:

16:51: Here we go. Game will come down to Lehner, a goalie Sabres fans may know more of soon. The Senators prospect has been on his game. Up next, power play for the Swedes.

15:25: Shorthanded, Russia catches the Swedes pinching and nearly make them pay. Anton Burdasov shoots off the odd-man rush and Lehner sprawls out to make the stop. Great read, great save. In other news, hasn't the shelf life of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" passed weeks ago?

10:00: Blown chance by Russia. Nikita Dvurechenski has a wide open -- WIDE OPEN -- net but whiffs on the puck. Dwyner Arena erupts into laughter.

4:57: More of the same from Lehner. He's getting in Russia's head at this point.

1:50: Hooking on Russia. That's probably the game. Fans file to the exits as a few Sweden fans hoist their beers.

0:00: That'll be all. Sweden wins, 2-0.

Second Period:

17:51: Lehner picks up exactly where he left off, stopping a pair of close-range shots from Kitsyn. 

17:18: Sweden's Cehlin gets two minutes for checking from behind. Russians teeing off but can't solve Lehner. Ottawa has itself a find. 

13:51: Second period is flying by. Sweden nearly got a third goal just now with a slapper from the point but Russia's Dmitri Shikin gloved it. 

10:26: Rebound bounces off Shikin's pads and Sweden's Oscar Lindberg nearly slam dunks it. Still 2-0. 

9:25: Lots of time left but it feels like Sweden's foot is on the jugular.

7:33: After some hearty 4-on-4, with Sweden threatening more, it remains 2-0. Shikin is giving up a lot of rebounds. Swedes should really crash the net as much as possible.

2:01: Russian fans try chanting Sweden names from behind the glass. Pretty funny. Whatever name they try, it's not working. Swedes' transition 'D' is quick. Not many scoring chances for Russia out there.

1:19: Sweden's J. Larsson gets a dumb penalty there -- charging. No need to give Russia life at the end of period.

0:00: Russian defenseman Dmitri Orlov uncorks two whistlers from the blue line with 20 seconds to go but Lehner is there. After two, the score remains 2-0 Sweden.

 

First Period:

18:00: Russia coming out fast. Trying to set a tone physically with an aggressive forecheck.

15:16: First stoppage. Both teams are flying early. High-energy play. One Russian checked a Swede over his own bench.

12:55: Both teams assessed roughing penalties after an ugly altercation. Trying to break up a scrum, one official was actually knocked to the ground. Yes, Russia is trying to play hardball.

As far as hockey goes, it doesn't get much more exciting than 4-on-4 at the junior level.

9:38: Sweden isn't backing down. Adam Larsson, a top '11 draft prospect, finished a couple checks on shifts early. Still scoreless as both teams adapt to the smaller, compressed rink at Dwyer.

9:11: GOAL, Sweden. Anton Lander tucks it away close to the net. 1-0.

6:24: Momentum really on Swedes' side. Their speed is wearing on the Russians. Russia hasn't had a legit scoring chance in a while.

5:49: GOAL, Sweden. Calle Jarnkrok slices a perfect 2-on-1 pass to Jesper Fasth. 2-0, Sweden.

2:09: Russia blows a great chance there. Working behind the net, Anton Burdasov tries jamming the puck inside Lehner's left skate but is denied.

1:40: (Read above) A juicy rebound leaks out to Russia's Maxim Kitsyn but he can't bury it. Lehner makes a succession of saves before finally covering up and -- probably out of frustration -- Russia players try baiting the Swedes again. Crowd loves it.

And after all of it, Lehner gets issued a roughing penalty.

0:00: Great first period. Sweden catches Russia napping on its second goal to put a ton of pressure on them. Could Russia really start WJC 0-2?

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One team is fresh off a 7-1 beatdown. The other is off a humbling 6-3 loss. Things could get interesting here at Dwyer Arena where Russia looks to avenge its emotionally charged defeat to Canada. One of the world's proudest hockey institutions, what with 14 all-time medals in the WJC, surely doesn't want to start the tourney 0-2.

Tonight is no gimmie. The Swedes looked like an early favorite in whipping Norway a couple days ago. They can flat out fly. Gabriel Landeskog, who had a goal and an assist against Norway, is out with a foot injury. That'll hurt. But the Swedes will have Robin Lehner in net. You AHL buffs might know him. He'll be fresh after sitting out the opener.

Expect some great hockey here tonight. We'll have all the live updates right here.

Here's your starting lineup:

RUSSIA --- Shikin (G), Orlov (D), Urychev (D), Tarasenko (F), Kitsyn (F), Sobchenko (F).

SWEDEN --- Lehner (G), Erixon (D), Nemeth (D), J. Larsson (F), Fasth (F), Jarnkrok (F).

Bummer of the day? One diehard Sweden fan (from Buffalo) told me just now that he wasn't allowed to bring his Swedish flag in.

---Tyler Dunne

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