Sweden Wins Hockey World Championship

Apr 22, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) during the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the First Niagara Center. The Jets beat the Sabres 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

They fell down 1-0 early, but the Sweden national team put it’s foot on the gas pedal and stormed past Switzerland 5-1 to capture gold at the IIHF World Hockey Championships in Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday.

Entering the championship game, Switzerland was 8-0 and had only trailed for a total of 14:25 of play for the entire tournament. But the Swedes didn’t care as Sweden became the first host nation since 1986 to capture gold at the championships; it was the nations ninth gold medal overall.

Swedish goaltender Jhonas Enroth (Buffalo Sabres) backstopped the Swedes to the championship, stopping 26 of 27 shots against the Swiss. He finished the tournament with a .956 save percentage, a 1.15 goals against average, and a 6-1 record. For his efforts he was awarded with top goaltender of the tournament honors.

Henrik Sedin (Vancouver Canucks) scored twice and recorded one assist in the championship game, and finished with four goals and five assists in four games for Sweden.

Switzerland defenseman Roman Josi (Nashville Predators) was awarded the tournament MVP crown for his play. In ten games Josi led all defenders in scoring with four goals and five assists in ten games. He is the first Swiss player to win MVP honors at the World Championships.

 

Topics: IIHF World Championships, Sweden, Switzerland

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