In their final game before their big match-up with the Russians on Tuesday, the Swedes took a big 10-0 win over the Norwegians. Sweden dominated all game long and didn’t let up at all during the game. Andre Burakowsky netted a hat-trick to go along with goals from seven other players. The depth of Sweden was definitely on display with just six players not recording a point. Seven Swedish players had three point games. This included Filip Forsberg, Alexander Wennberg and Sebastian Collberg.
The Swedes think they had scored early on, but Filip Sandberg’s shot went through Henrik Haukeland’s arm and body then hit the side of the net. They would get a real goal a minute or so later. Jens Henrik Tonjum crashes into Haukeland which allows Gustav Olofsso to blast the puck into a wide open net to make it 1-0 Sweden less than four minutes into the game. I would say the goal sparked Sweden to attack more, but they’re just so much better than Norway that they were going to get their shots anyway. Norway wouldn’t make things any easier for themselves when Tallak Lyngset took a holding penalty. The Norwegians nearly got through the penalty, but the Swedes eventually decided to score. The original shot was blocked but it fell right onto the stick of Andre Burakowsky, who wires a shot by an extremely screened Haukeland – who never even saw it – so that made it 2-0. Burakowsky came close to getting his second of the period very soon after when he rifled another wrist shot at Haukeland, and while it did beat the Norway goaltender, it rang off the crossbar and remained out. Norway would actually get a chance on the power play from an Erik Karlsson interference penalty right in front of the Norwegian net. In fact, Norway would even get a five-on-three opportunity for about 40 seconds from a Jesper Pettersson tripping penalty. The man who took out Haukeland earlier, Jens Henrik Tonjum, had a great chance late in the five-on-three but Robert Hagg blocked his one-time attempt before it could get to Marcus Hogberg. That would be Norway’s best chance as Sweden killed both penalties without much trouble from the Norwegians. Less than five minutes left in the first, Sebastian Collberg does a fantastic job drawing a hooking penalty on Didrik Svendsen and the Swedes go to their second power play. It didn’t take long for Sweden to capitalize when Burakowsky legitimately got his second of the period from a blazing one-timer from the right face-off circle and it goes in and out of the net so quickly that the referees had to review it to make sure. Of course, it stood, and it was 3-0 Sweden. The home side would continue to dominate possession of the puck but cannot score again before the period ends and they take their commanding 3-0 lead into the first intermission. The Norwegians had just a single shot on goal in that period.
A little over a minute into the second, Sweden scored again. Robert Hagg took a pass from Nick Sorensen and Hagg’s one-timer is an absolute bomb that beat Haukeland for a 4-0 Sweden lead. A few more minutes of Swedish dominance later, Andre Burakowsky completed his hat trick. Nick Sorensen had the first shot that Haukeland stopped, but Burakowsky followed it up by burying the puck to make it 5-0. A scary moment for the Swedes a little bit later when Elias Lindholm went down behind the net and was slow to get up, but he would be OK and continue playing. Norway would get their third power play from a Sebastian Collberg goaltender interference penalty. The man advantage wouldn’t be long because Didrik Svendsen got called for slashing to negate the power play for his team. Just as the four-on-four expired and Sweden went on the power play, they scored. Filip Forsberg carried the puck out of the corner and found a waiting Collberg at the side of the net for a tap-in, 6-0 Sweden. Another penalty for Sweden, this time it was Andreas Johnson for elbowing so Norway got another chance a man up. Sweden actually got the best chance on the penalty kill when they had a two-on-one opportunity but Anton Karlsson was stopped by Haukeland. Karlsson would get another shot shorthanded, but when he took the slap shot, his stick broke and Haukeland made the easy pad save. Sweden went back to the penalty kill from another goalie interference this time on Jacob de la Rose. Just like the first goalie interference power play, Norway ruined it by taking a slashing penalty. Norway got a fantastic chance during the four-on-four when Markus Söberg got a partial breakaway but he couldn’t beat Marcus Hogberg. Sweden wouldn’t be able to capitalize on their power play chance and then the second period ended with the Swedes up 6-0.
The Swedes continue buzzing around the net with Filip Forsberg trying a wraparound attempt but Haukeland came across to make a wonderful save to prevent it from being 7-0. Sweden nearly and quite frankly should have got a power play when Erik Karlsson was caught with a high stick as he entered the offensive zone, but no call was made. They would get their seventh goal after some good passing by the top line, the puck finds its way to Robin Norell at the point and Norell let a wrist shot go that may have deflected off a Norwegian player in front and by Haukeland for a 7-0 lead. Then, a good job by Andreas Johnson to control the puck and dance around some Norwegian defenders into the offensive zone, Johnson then went around the net and tried to make a centering pass but it got lost among the skates in front. However, Sebastian Collberg finds it, goes back around the net and found Alexander Wennberg for a tap in at the side of the net for an 8-0 lead. Yet another penalty for Sweden and it was Norell who got called for tripping right by his teams net. Late in the Norwegian power play, they take a tripping penalty to make it four-on-four for 21 seconds. During the penalty kill, Anton Karlsson suffered a shoulder injury and left for the locker room. On the Swedish power play, Filip Forsberg carried the puck into the Norwegian zone and then dropped the puck for Elias Lindholm who ripped a wrist shot upstairs on Haukeland to make the score 9-0. Andre Burakowsky wanted his fourth goal when he blazed down the wing and blasted a slap shot at Haukeland but it missed the net wide. The Swedes got another power play when Jens Henrik Tonjum (tough night for him) took a high-sticking penalty. With about 20 seconds left in the power play, Norway took another high-sticking penalty so they would get a short two man advantage and then get a normal power play. Later on in the power play, Nick Sorensen finished off a great passing play by the Swedes and that would be an even 10-0 lead for Sweden. With two minutes left in the game, Sweden would have one last chance on the power play. The game ends without the Swedes scoring but the home team ended up with a dominating 10-0 win over Norway.
Sweden looked dominant from beginning to end as Norway just did not have the talent to keep up with arguably the best team in this tournament. Sweden did not let up the entire game as they played hard for a full 60 minutes despite playing a clearly inferior opponent. Of course Andre Burakowsky had a great game because of his hat trick, but also players such as Anton Karlsson, Robin Norell, and Nick Sorensen. All in all, essentially every Swedish player had a good night. The one gripe I had with Sweden is the amount of penalties they took. If they expect to win gold or even just beat Russia on Tuesday, they cannot take that many penalties. It will come back to bite them against good teams.
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