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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.

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 6 2 2 0 4
M. Zibanejad 6 1 3 0 4
E. Karlsson 6 1 3 -2 4
M. Stone 6 0 4 0 4
M. Hoffman 6 1 2 -3 3
B. Ryan 6 2 0 1 2
C. MacArthur 6 2 0 -2 2
K. Turris 6 1 1 -2 2
C. Ceci 6 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 6 1 0 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 2 2 1 .972 0.97
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44