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Sweden dumps Czechs in battle of Senators stars

Ottawa trio gets best of Michalek to extend winning ways at 2012 hockey worlds

Saturday, 05.5.2012 / 6:25 PM ET / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Sweden dumps Czechs in battle of Senators stars
Sens defenceman Erik Karlsson and Sweden are off to a 2-0 start at the 2012 IIHF world hockey championship (Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images).

The first 'battle of the Sens' went Sweden's way Saturday at the 2012 IIHF world hockey championship.

Tournament co-host Sweden turned back the Czech Republic 4-1 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm in a preliminary round matchup that featured four Ottawa Senators teammates.

On the winning side for the Tre Kronor were team captain Daniel Alfredsson, defenceman Erik Karlsson and forward Jakob Silfverberg, who combined for five shots on goal but didn't record a point.

Sens winger Milan Michalek was also held off the scoresheet for the Czechs and totalled three shots on goal.

Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings scored goals to help the Swedes build a 2-0 lead through 40 minutes, with Niklas Persson and Joel Lundqvist adding insurance markers in the third. Jakub Petruzalek notched the lone tally for the Czechs.

Also Saturday, Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets scored in overtime as the United States upended Canada 5-4 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, handing the red maple leaf its first loss of the 2012 worlds.

Earlier in Stockholm, Russia — one of the tournament favourites — turned back Latvia 5-2 in its worlds opener.

Kaspars Daugavins of the Senators picked up the second goal for the Latvians in the third period.

Sunday update

Senators forward Stephane Da Costa picked up a pair of assists as France doubled up on Kazakhstan 6-3 in Stockholm to record its first win at these worlds. Da Costa also recorded three shots on goal for the French, who built a 3-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes and never looked back.

Meanwhile, Daugavins set up Aleksejs Sirokovs for the game-winner with 7:45 to play as Latvia edged Germany 3-2 in Stockholm for its first victory of the tournament.

In games Monday involving Senators players, Da Costa and France face off against Canada (9:15 a.m. ET) in Helsinki, while Michalek and the Czechs match up with Norway in Stockholm (10:15 a.m.). Later in the day, Sweden aims for its third straight win when it meets Denmark at the Globe Arena (2:15 p.m. ET). Fans can view a free live stream of all games at the worlds on the IIHF's YouTube channel (www.YouTube.com/icehockey).

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 75 20 41 7 61
K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 73 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 55 13 14 -11 27
D. Legwand 73 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 69 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49