Sweden’s March to Gold Continues!

Life as we know it is different. Olympic Hockey is sweeping the nation and everyone is in love. It’s the semi-finals and teams are looking to advance to the gold medal round. The teams that are left are Finland, Sweden, Canada, and USA. If you win you advance to the gold medal round, lose and you compete for the Bronze medal (yuck…). Before the Canada vs USA game Sweden took on Finland. 

We start off in the middle of the second stanza. Olli Jokinen found himself in a one-on-one race to the puck in Sweden’s zone. As Olli arrived at the puck he flung it towards Henrik Lundqvist and watched as it trickled past him to give Finland a 1-0 lead.

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(GIF via: @Peteblackburn)

Finland had broken the scoreless tie and momentum was now in their favor. But the number one seeded Swedes decided to quickly change that. The Swedes, with some of the most excellent passers in the NHL, did what they do best. An absolutely amazing passing sequence between,  Oliver Oscar Emanuel Ekman-Larsson, Nicklas Backstrom, and Loui Eriksson knotted things back up at 1-1 a piece.

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(GIF via: @PeteBlackburn)

But the Swedes weren’t done just yet. A bad penalty from the Fins left Sweden with a man advantage. As the Swedes worked the power play the puck found it’s way to Erik Karlsson. Karlsson ripped a slap shot that beat Lehtnon to give Sweden their first lead. The stanza ended with Sweden leading 2-1.

The once realistic dream for gold was coming quickly to an end for team Finland. Mid way through the third Finland found themselves with an excellent opportunity. An interference call from Daniel Sedin left Finland with a power play. Strong offensive zone pressure led to many chances. But Henrik Lunqvist reiterated why his nickname is “The King”. With every chance for Finland, Henrik responded. Block after block left Finland wondering how it wasn’t tied.

With only a minuet left in regulation Finland opted for the extra attacker. Sweden’s strong forecheck left Finland with zero opportunities. The buzzer sounded with Sweden on top 2-1. Sweden heads to the gold medal game undefeated.

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A Finland newspaper called Henrik Lunqvist cheese, they’re eating their words now.

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