Game Summary, Sweden vs Ukraine
Sweden-Ukraine 6-1 (3-0, 1-0, 2-1)
After 7-1 against Switzerland, Sweden got another comfortable win against Ukraine. The final score was 6-1 and could have been bigger if Sweden had played better in the second period. In a game of this kind where one team is supposed to be the better team it’s always good for them to get an early goal. That happened in this game. After only 18 seconds Henrik Sedin had opened the scoring. David Nyström threw the puck towards the goal and goalie Vitaly Lebed couldn’t stop the puck and Sedin took care of the rebound and backhanded an ice-shot beside Lebed. 2-0 came 5.52 in to the first period from Christian Berglund. After nine minutes Sweden got a chance to play 5-on-3 and with their fourth-line on the ice they managed to make the score 3-0. The goal was scored by Herman Hultgren with a slap-shot from the blueline.
Sweden totally dominated the first period and outshot Ukraine by 15-4, but in the second period the Swedes started to play a little bit to difficult and wanted to pass the puck around instead of going for the goal. This gave Ukraine a few more chances than they had in the first period and Alexandr Yanchenko should have scored when he went behind and round the goal and had an open net to send to puck in to, but managed to shoot it right at the goalie, Jonas Fransson, who at the moment was swimming at the ice by the other post. But instead of Ukraine making the goal, Sweden got their fourth. Henrik Sedin scored his second of the evening with a wrist-shot that went over the shoulder of Lebed.
The third period started just as the first one, with an early goal from the Swedes. This time Henrik Sedin made the pass that saw David Nyström score his first goal of the tournament. A long pass from defender Erik Lewerström found Sedin and he just flipped it over to Nyström who scored the goal in the open net. After that some problems occurred. First it was a power-failure and then when the power got back a Swedish defender killed a light with a slap-shot. As the American referee Paul Mariconda said: “Some nights everything happens”. When the ice was cleaned from the broken glass it took only a few minutes before Christian Berglund, with a backhander, scored his second of the evening and his fourth of the tournament. Towards the end of the game it looked as if Jonas Fransson was going to get a shut-out, but with 2.12 left of the game he let a poor shot from Alexandr Panchenko slip by him.
Right from the start of this game one could see that Sweden was the better team on every position. The Ukrainians had problems in their own zone and didn’t get to many chances in the offensive zone. It was a game that Sweden had to win, and despite not being at their very best they did. Ukraine will have their most important game in the next game when they take on Kazakhstan. The winner in that game will finish fourth in Group B and get a place in the quarterfinal-stage. Considering the fact that Russia beat Kazakhstan by 14-1, but Ukraine by only 4-1 the Ukrainians will be the slight favourites and if goalie Vitaly Lebed plays as good as he did tonight they have a good chance of winning that game.
Sweden plays Russia in their next game and the winner there will win Group B and face the fourth-placed team from Group A in the quarterfinal. They will hope to have Daniel Sedin back for the game against Russia. He left the game after the second period after getting a knock at his thigh. Sedin himself thought he would be back and it was probably only for being on the safe side that they took him off. The Sedin-twins enjoyed it on the ice today, and made hockey seem very easy, but maybe they should shoot a little more often. Most of the time they circle around looking for the other one. Christian Berglund got a back-to-back two-goal game and David Nyström finished the day with three points. The defensive-pairing if Magnus Hedlund and Viktor Wallin once again looked very solid.
1-0 0.18 Henrik Sedin 1 (David Nyström, Daniel Sedin)
2-0 5.52 Christian Berglund 3 (Björn Melin, Gabriel Karlsson)
3-0 9.12 Herman Hultgren 1 (two-man advantage)
(Jonas Frögren, Kenneth Bergkvist)
4-0 3.04 Henrik Sedin 2 (Kenneth Bergkvist, Jimmie Ölvestad)
5-0 0.24 David Nyström 1 (Henrik Sedin, Erik Lewerström)
6-0 5.17 Christian Berglund 4 (David Nyström)
6-1 17.48 Alexandr Panchenko 1 (two-man advantage)
Swe: Jonas Fransson (19 shots, 18 saves)
Ukr: Vitaly Lebed (26 shots, 20 saves)