Sweden needed just one goal to gain the victory, a goal scored by Alexander Nylander (2016) early in the second period of a tight, penalty-filled contest. But in reality, the Swedes needed goaltender Linus Soderstrom (NYI) to shut the door on Team USA as the Americans controlled play throughout much of the game, outshooting Sweden 46-23 on the day.
Swedish defenseman Gustav Forsling (CHI) is player that will be looked to for offense from the blueline at this tournament. Forsling did put three shots on net in the win over the USA – his first game of the tournament – and indeed it is his hard shot that will likely create much of the offense that he produces at this WJC.
Forsling spoke with Hockey’s Future after the win over the U.S., a conversation that has been captured in this HF video.
Highlights of the Sweden-USA matchup can be viewed below.
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