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Swedish Sens off to quarter-finals on winning note

Silfverberg's goal, Karlsson's two assists fuel 4-0 victory over Latvia at 2012 worlds

Tuesday, 05.15.2012 / 5:11 PM ET / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Swedish Sens off to quarter-finals on winning note

Call it a Sens-ational finish to the preliminary round for Sweden at the 2012 IIHF World Hockey championship.

Ottawa Senators forward Jakob Silfverberg notched a first-period goal, defenceman Erik Karlsson added two assists and captain Daniel Alfredsson contributed a helper as the Swedes blanked Latvia 4-0 on Tuesday at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm.

Sweden (6-1-0) finished second behind Russia (7-0-0) in Group S (Stockholm) and will face the third-place Czech Republic — whose roster includes forward Milan Michalek of the Senators — in Thursday's quarter-final round (2:15 p.m., TSN). The Czechs routed Germany 8-1 on Tuesday, but Michalek was held off the scoresheet.

Also Thursday in Stockholm, Russia takes on Norway, which placed fourth in Group S (8:45 a.m., TSN). Group H (Helsinki) winner Canada faces off against fourth-place Slovakia (6 a.m., TSN) in another quarter-final at the Hartwall Arena in the Finnish capital, while the second-place United States squares off with tourney co-host Finland (11:30 a.m., TSN), which wound up third in Group H.

Saturday's semifinals and Sunday's medal games will also be played in Helsinki.

On Tuesday, Karlsson set up future Senators teammate Silfverberg for a power-play goal at the 14:40 mark of the first period, giving the Swedes a 2-0 lead. Alfredsson drew an assist on another power-play marker by Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings in the second period, with Karlsson picking up his second helper on Sweden's final tally of the night in the third, by the Red Wings' Johan Franzen.

Loui Eriksson of the Dallas Stars opened the game's scoring for Sweden early in the opening frame.

The loss marked the end of tournament play for Senators forward Kaspars Daugavins of Latvia.

France's bid to make the final eight for the first time since 1995 ended with a dramatic 5-4 loss to Slovakia. The French needed a regulation win to reach the quarter-finals. Senators prospect Stephane Da Costa picked up one assist in the game, his sixth point of the 2012 worlds.

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
4 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
5 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
6 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 74 19 41 9 60
K. Turris 74 22 32 -1 54
B. Ryan 70 18 35 9 53
M. Stone 72 19 33 14 52
M. Hoffman 71 26 20 19 46
M. Zibanejad 72 19 24 2 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 54 13 14 -10 27
D. Legwand 72 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 68 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 8 .923 2.48