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Karlsson gives unbeaten Swedes edge at worlds

Sens blueliner's second-period goal stands up as winner in victory over Germany

Wednesday, 09.05.2012 / 4:49 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Karlsson gives unbeaten Swedes edge at worlds

Erik Karlsson's second-period goal stood up as the winner as Sweden dumped Germany 5-2 on Wednesday for its fourth straight victory at the IIHF 2012 world hockey championship.

The Ottawa Senators defenceman found the back of the net on the power play at the 8:14 mark of the middle frame, giving the Tre Kronor a 3-1 edge it would not relinquish the rest of the way in the preliminary matchup at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm.

Sweden, whose roster also includes captain Daniel Alfredsson and forward Jakob Silfverberg of the Senators, is now 4-0-0 and stands atop Group S (Stockholm). The tournament co-hosts will get their biggest test yet on Friday, when they face unbeaten Russia at the Globe Arena (2:15 p.m., ET). Russia aims for its fourth consecutive victory on Thursday when it squares off against Denmark.

Marcus Kruger and Viktor Stalberg, both of the Chicago Blackhawks, Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings and Niklas Persson also scored for Sweden, which outshot the Germans 45-17.

In games Thursday involving Senators players, Stephane Da Costa and France take on co-host Finland at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki (1:15 p.m. ET), which Milan Michalek and the Czech Republic face off against Kaspars Daugavins and Latvia in Stockholm (2:15 p.m. ET).

Fans can watch a free stream of all the games 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

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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