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Alfredsson, Swedes hold off Denmark at worlds

Senators captain's goal winds up being the winner as Tre Kronor improves to 3-0

Monday, 05.7.2012 / 5:12 PM ET / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Alfredsson, Swedes hold off Denmark at worlds

Daniel Alfredsson and his Swedish teammates can exhale now.

After dominating Denmark for 40 minutes, the Tre Kronor was forced to hold on for a 6-4 victory over their plucky rivals in a preliminary round matchup Monday in Stockholm at the 2012 IIHF world hockey championship.

When all was said and done, Alfredsson's goal at the 0:43 mark of the second period — which gave Sweden a 5-1 lead at the time — proved to be the game-winner. The Swedes, whose roster also includes Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson and forward prospect Jakob Silfverberg, would run their lead to 6-1 before the Danes made a late charge.

Sweden held a wide 42-18 edge in shots on goal, including a 37-10 margin through two periods, in the game played at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. Loui Eriksson of the Dallas Stars had two goals and set up Alfredsson's goal to lead the Tre Kronor, who improved to 3-0 in the tournament.

Karlsson (five), Alfredsson (four) and Silferberg (three) combined for 12 shots on goal for the Swedes.

Also on Monday, Senators forward Milan Michalek picked up an assist as the Czech Republic edged Norway 4-3 in Stockholm in a game that was decided by a shootout. The Czechs (1-1-1) stand third in their pool behind unbeaten Sweden and Russia (2-0-0).

Meanwhile, at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Canada rolled to a 7-2 victory over France, whose lineup included Senators forward prospect Stephane Da Costa.

On Tuesday, Senators forward Kaspars Daugavins and Latvia aim for their second straight win when they face off against Italy in Stockholm (10:15 a.m.). Fans can watch a free web stream of all games at the 2012 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 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 73 19 40 10 59
B. Ryan 69 18 35 9 53
K. Turris 73 21 31 0 52
M. Stone 71 18 33 15 51
M. Hoffman 70 26 20 20 46
M. Zibanejad 71 19 24 3 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
A. Chiasson 67 11 15 -4 26
D. Legwand 71 9 17 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 7 .925 2.44