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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 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
3 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
4 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
7 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
8 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 56 11 51 7 62
B. Ryan 55 19 26 -3 45
M. Hoffman 52 24 19 4 43
M. Stone 54 17 25 -13 42
M. Zibanejad 55 11 22 -3 33
K. Turris 50 13 17 -12 30
J. Pageau 56 13 10 4 23
Z. Smith 55 12 5 4 17
C. Ceci 49 5 11 -2 16
C. Lazar 51 5 10 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 18 4 .914 2.84
A. Hammond 3 6 2 .899 3.10