Henrik Lundqvist Survives Injury Scare At Swedish Practice

Team Sweden has already lost Henrik Sedin, Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg for the Olympic Tournament. At today’s practice, they had what might be an even bigger scare.

Defenseman Erik Karlsson was trying to cut off forward Loui Eriksson‘s drive to the net, diving to stop him. However, he slid right into goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. After the collision, Lundqvist stayed down for several minutes. However, it looks like he came out okay.

Karlsson had this to say after the practice.

“I toe-picked and dived without really thinking about what happened.. But it should be fine. I think it looked a bit worse than it was. Luckily, I’m not that heavy.

“I told him I was sorry, about 500 times.”

As good as Karlsson has been for Sweden this Olympics, he might have been in a lot of trouble had he severely injured Lundvist. While Jonas Gustavsson is a capable back-up, he’s definitely not at the standards of some of the other goaltenders in the tournament.

Daniel Alfredsson also talked about the collision.

“We can laugh about it because it wasn’t too serious… But it gave everybody a big scare.”

Sweden is the top team coming out of the round robin portion of the Olympic tournament.  Losing Lundqvist at this point would have been particularly devastating. The good news is that their next opponent will either be Austria or Slovenia, a pretty easy opponent.

They might even be able to give Lundqvist a game to rest in the quarters. However, for a country that lost to Belarus in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, they are not going to take anyone lightly.


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