February 17, 2010
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Does a 2-0 victory over Germany, after seeing the fireworks from the Canadians against Norway and Russians against Latvia on Tuesday, leave the Swedes frustrated?
"I don't think so," forward Henrik Sedin(notes) said. "Germany is a better team, I think. We knew it was going to be tough. We've played their national teams before that tied us early in tournaments."
But about the aesthetics, of not looking like the hockey superpower their rivals appeared to be on Wednesday?
In other Sweden postscript coverage ...
• The trio of Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators), Nicklas Backstrom(notes) (Washington Capitals) and Loui Eriksson(notes) (Dallas Stars) was by far the best for Sweden: Instant chemistry, plenty of offensive pressure and producing the second Swedish goal.
"We moved the puck pretty quick, had some good chances. It was fun playing with them," said Alfredsson. "Backstrom is so good with the puck. He's so patient. Sometimes you feel like you want to go and help him, but you're better off going away. Let him win the battle, and he'll find you."
• Henrik Sedin, about playing on home ice in a different uniform than a Vancouver Canucks sweater: "It was strange to be on the other bench, for sure. But that's the way it is. We've got a lot of fans rooting for us."
• Center Peter Forsberg(notes) met most of the media for the first time in Vancouver, getting asked about his wonky ankle (doing well), his legendary shootout goal in 1994 (he said he's working on a new move, and we're not sure if he's joking) and whether a healthy, successful tournament could lead to his return to the NHL next season ("I kinda doubt it, but it's not something I'm thinking about.").
Not the strongest start for the Swedes, but it wasn't the easiest opponent, either. Henrik Lundqvist(notes) of the New York Rangers made 21 saves, some of them easier than others, and was helped by a post during a German two-man advantage in the second. But he was a steadying presence back there, which is a reminder that Sweden is still a team that can overcome adversity -- and the current owner of the gold.