The quarterfinals kicked off today with an early match against gold medal favorite team Sweden against the Slovenians. Anze Kopitar and the Slovenians are finishing their back-to-back set, which all teams do if they advance from qualification to quarterfinals. Slovenia shocked the world yesterday when they edged out Switzerland in a 3-1 win. They were the only team to score more than one goal against Jonas Hiller all tournament.
Henrik Lundqvist looked sharp after he stopped a 2-on-1 breakaway quickly into the game. After the odd man rush Slovenia didn’t find many chances. Although Sweden was dictating the pace of the game they couldn’t find the back of the net . With timing winding down in the 1st Alfredsson passed the puck to Erik Karlsson who ripped a slap-shot that missed wide, the puck bounced off the boards and found it’s way to Alexander Steen. Steen drove the puck into the back of the net to give team Sweden a 1-0 lead into the second.
Lundqvist stop a 2-on-1 by the Slovenians (@PeteBlackburn)
The second was filled with Sweden controlling the puck for more than half of the time. Slovenia found themselves completely out matched and never found their groove. Sweden completely dominated the time of possession. Sweden added four more goals in the third to extend their lead to 5. Erik Karlsson added another point to raise his total to 7. He is now tied with Phil Kessel for most points in the tournament.
Sweden routs Slovenia with a final of 5-0
With the win Sweden will take on the winner of Finland vs Russia. Or as we like to think of it “Ovi vs Nicky“.