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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, 05.9.2012 / 4:49 PM ET / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
7 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 76 20 42 7 62
K. Turris 76 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 74 19 35 13 54
B. Ryan 72 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 73 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 74 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 56 14 14 -11 28
D. Legwand 74 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 70 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02