After failing during the 2013–14 Euro Hockey Tour campaign, the Swedish national team began the year off well with a tournament championship at the Karjala Cup.
Despite being one of the top teams consistently at international tournaments over the past few years, Sweden has struggled at the Euro Hockey Tour the past few years. The team has failed to grab a medal five times since 2007–08, and haven’t won a gold in the four team, four tournament event since 1998-1999.
That wasn’t the case in the Karjala Cup, the first tournament event of the year. Hosted in Finland every year, the home town team managed to win the overall Euro Hockey Tour title after an impressive performance across the board. Finland struggled in the final game of the tournament this weekend, with the Tre Kronor escaping with a 3-0 victory. Had Finland won the game, they would have actually been crowned the champions of the event, but a 39-save performance from Henrik Karlsson and the tournament leading fifth point from Linus Klasen secured the gold.
In the bronze medal game, Russia’s 4-2 victory over the Czech Republic was the only win they grabbed during three game tournament to take third place. Russia wasn’t short on offense, however, recording ten goals in three games due to the added offense from Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk.
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