Sweden and the Czech Republic faced off against each other in one of two games scheduled for the start of the Men’s Olympic Tournament today. The two teams are favorites to win Group C, the other two teams in the group being Latvia and Switzerland. Puck drop was at 9:00 PM local Sochi time, 12:00 PM EST.
The Swedes got off to an early start, and ended up holding on to win against the Czechs by a score of 4-2. Two first period goals helped Sweden pave the way to victory – Erik Karlsson and Patrik Berglund were the goal scorers in the first. The second period consisted of four goals in total, two more from Sweden, and then two from the Czechs. Henrik Zetterburg started the scoring off in the second period, and Karlsson added a second.
Marek Zidlicky and Jaromir Jagr scored for the Czech Republic to begin a comeback, the Swedish team held them off though during the third period. The Czechs ended up out-shooting the Swedes, but Henrik Lundqvist, who made 27 saves, kept Sweden alive throughout the rest of the game.
The star of the game was easily Swedish defenseman Erik Karlsson, scoring two goals to lead Team Sweden to victory. The Swedes as a whole looked solid though, they have a great mix of veteran players as well as young players with top-tier talent.
Sweden’s next game is against Switzerland on February 14th, 4:30 local time, 7:30 AM EST. The Czech Republish will face-off against Latvia at Noon local time, 3:00 AM EST.