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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, 15.05.2012 / 5:11 PM / 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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

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

STATS

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