Three power play goals lift Swedes over Danes
The Swedes celebrate after captain Kenny Jonsson's first-period goal puts them on the comeback trail
KHODYNKA--A brave Danish squad could not keep the Swedes at bay while shorthanded, and allowed three power play goals as they fell 5-2 to Sweden Thursday in Moscow.
The win puts Sweden in first place in Group E prior to Friday's Russia-Italy game. Denmark remains in last place.
Prior to the last game versus Switzerland, Sweden's power play was clicking at an impressive 33.3 percent. Going into this game, it was up to 40 percent. And that figure just keeps on rising, as Sweden scored three power play goals on six attempts versus the Danes. They needed that to overcome Denmark's dream start, which saw the underdogs score twice in the first seven minutes.
"I think we were mentally tired tonight," said Swedish captain Kenny Jonsson. "Then maybe we got a bit overconfident. We can't do things like having one guy skate against five Danes lined up at their blueline. But give credit to Denmark. They made it really hard for us."
Johan Davidsson had two goals to move into the tournament lead with 11 points. Kenny Jonsson, Johan Akerman and Magnus Johansson had the other Swedish goals, and Tony Martensson chipped in two assists. Meanwhile, Morten Madsen and Peter Regin replied for Denmark.
Sweden thought they had drawn first blood at 1:24, when Rickard Wallin pushed a rebound into the net with his skate. After a video review, it was ruled that Wallin had deliberately kicked the puck into the net. Instead, it was the Danes that caught a break moments later, as Morten Madsen skated in on a 2-on-1 with Mads Christensen. Dick Tarnstrom took away the pass, so Madsen opted to shoot and beat Swedish goalie Daniel Henriksson to the stick side. It was Denmark's first shot on net in the game.
The goal made a fired-up Danish squad even more excited, as they sacrificed their bodies in front of their goaltender in a wild manner. At 6:40, with Denmark on the power play, the Swedes were in shock as Peter Regin raced in from the left wing and fired a shot from the face-off dot that went through Henriksson's five-hole to make it 2-0.
With Denmark's Jens Nielsen off for hooking. Sweden went to work on its power play, but could not solve Madsen. With play mostly in the Danish end even after the penalty ended, it seemed like a matter of time before Sweden would solvë Madsen, but the Swedes looked concerned about the Danish counterattack, and the Swedish defensemen gave up the offensive blueline too soon as a result.
At 13:10, Regin took an unnecessary hooking penalty in the offensive zone as he was chasing a puck, and that power play was what the Swedes needed. Just 28 seconds later, Kenny Jonsson snuck up on the back post to put Tony Martensson's rebound home for an easy goal to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Danes got into more penalty trouble minutes later on, as Thor Dresler and Andreas Andreasen were sent to the box in rapid succession. With Sweden on a long 5-on-3, Johan Akerman found the net with a booming one-timer from the blueline just as Dresler was stepping out of the box. The game was tied 2-2 with two minutes remaining in the first. Denmark's captain Jesper Damgaard was upset after the goal, as he felt a Swedish player was in the crease when Akerman let his shot fly.
Denmark had three consecutive power plays to start off the middle frame, but only tested Henriksson once in the span of 5 minutes and 36 seconds with the man advantage. The Swedes soon regained the advantage in puck possession after returning to full strength, and when they got their first power play of the period, they only needed 21 seconds before Johan Davidsson netted his fifth goal of the tournament.