Sweden entered their Group C matchup with Czech Republic on Wednesday as the favorites, and jumped out to a commanding 4-0 lead early in the second period. Czech would rebound with two quick scores late in the frame, but it wasn’t enough in Sweden’s 4-2 victory.
Nicklas Backstrom notched an assist in the second period (4:07) on Sweden’s fourth goal. After starting goalie Jakub Kovar was pulled following three goals on ten shots, Backstrom helped set up a quick score on backup Alexander Salak.
--Backstrom’s assist was with the final seconds ticking down on a second period power play. He fed Erik Karlsson for a slapshot in the high slot. It was Karlsson’s second score of the game.
--Backstrom’s best scoring opportunity came later in the second on an odd-man rush against Salak. Skating to the right of the net, Backstrom nearly scored on a 2 on 1 chance. Salak made the save and used a quick outlet pass to make way for a Jaromir Jagr goal seconds later on the other end of the ice. That score made the game 4-2.
Points – 1 (assist)
Shots on goal – 1
Faceoffs won – 6
Plus/minus – -1
Ice time – 15:15
Shifts – 23
Average minutes per shift – 0:39
Friday 2/14 – Sweden vs. Switzerland at 7:30 a.m.