After getting badly out shot by the Americans and winning a game they may not have deserved to, Sweden came out and flat out dominated Denmark in a 5-0 win. Sweden locked up first place in the group with the win and have now finished first place in the preliminary round 9 straight years and have won 35 straight preliminary stage games.
Just 13 seconds into the game, Adrian Kempe rifled a wrist shot past Thomas Lillie and it was a rather quick 1-0 advantage for the Swedes. Lillie seemed to shake off the early goal, however, as he made some solid stops to keep the Danes in the game. Sweden would receive the game’s first power play from an Alexander True roughing four minute minor, and they would capitalize. Gustav Forsling’s one-timer beats a heavily screened Lillie to give Sweden a 2-0 advantage. A few minutes later, Sweden would get their second power play from a Jeppe Holmberg hooking penalty though the Danes were able to kill it off. The opening period would come to a close with the Swedes ahead 2-0 and held a 14-2 shots on goal advantage.
Lillie was very busy early on as he had to make a few stops right in front of him in high traffic. Denmark would get their first power play about five minutes into the second as Carl Grundstrom took a bad roughing penalty after the whistle although the Swedes did manage to get through the penalty without conceding a goal. A few more minutes would go by without Sweden being able to break Thomas Lillie in the second period when they would get their third power play after a Jeppe Holmberg high sticking penalty. The power play would be short lived as Joel Eriksson Ek took a holding penalty to send the game to 4 on 4. Even the 4 on 4 would be short lived though as Denmark would receive a questionable too many men penalty to make it a short 4 on 3 that would turn into a 5 on 4. Nothing would come of the many penalties as it remained 2-0 with Thomas Lillie holding Denmark in the game. Late in the second, Sweden would finally break Thomas Lillie as Oskar Lindblom deflects a shot just by Lillie and it’s 3-0. The second period would end with Sweden up 3-0 and out shooting Denmark 23-4.
A quiet start to the third period as the Swedes continued to dominate possession, but not firing as many shots towards Thomas Lillie. About midway through the period, William Lagesson’s wrist shot from the point beat Lillie and made it 4-0 for Sweden, who appeared to be taking their foot off the gas in the final period. With about four minutes remaining in the game, Rasmus Asplund made a nice feed in front to Alex Nylander who deked out Lillie and gave Sweden the deserving 5-0 lead. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson thought he had Sweden’s sixth goal but Thomas Lillie robbed him with the glove. The game would conclude a couple of minutes later with Sweden winning 5-0 and a commanding 48-9 shots on goal.
After beating the US 1-0 and now Denmark 5-0, Sweden takes first place in Group A and have also not conceded a goal in two straight games, although this one was probably a bit easier for Felix Sandstrom than it was for Linus Soderstrom in his 46-save masterpiece. Denmark will likely be going to the quarter finals as they beat Switzerland earlier in the tournament so they are likely not a threat for relegation this year.