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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, 07.05.2012 / 5:12 PM / 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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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06