Backstrom, Johansson assist in Sweden's win

Backstrom, Johansson assist in Sweden's win
February 15, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Capitals forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson each recorded one assist to lead Sweden to a 5-3 win over a pesky Latvian team on Saturday, keeping the Swedes atop Group C with a 3-0 record.

Thanks in part to the puck movement of Backstrom, Sweden went 4-for-5 on the power play.

The Swedes have been less than dominant in their three victories. They opened the men’s tournament with a 4-2 win over the Czechs on Wednesday and followed with a 1-0 win over Switzerland on Friday.

And while the win over Latvia was not an easy one, Sweden has received strong goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist and remains a strong contender for a medal.

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Highlights

- With Sweden trailing 2-1 and on the power play early in the second period, Backstrom took a pass from Daniel Alfredsson and found defenseman Erik Karlsson, who tied the score at 2-2 with 2:45 gone in the middle period. It was a huge quick-strike goal for the Swedes, who allowed the Latvians to take their first lead 1:23 earlier.

- The Swedes excessive power play time kept Johansson’s minutes to a minimum, but the Caps’ forward picked up a secondary assist on a key even-strength goal by Alexander Edler 12:20 into the third period. Daniel Sedin picked up the primary assist on the goal, which came after Latvia had drawn within 4-3 with 1:28 gone in the third period.

 

Nicklas Backstrom Stats:

Points - 1 [assist]

Shots on goal - 0

Penalty minutes - 0

Plus/minus - +1

Ice time – 17:57

Shifts - 25

Average shift - 0:43

Marcus Johansson Stats:

Points – 1 [assists]

Shots on goal – 2

Penalty minutes – 2

Plus/minus - +1

Ice time – 11:20

Shifts – 18

Average shift – 0:37