Sweden beats rivals
Finland lost to Sweden at the WJC for the first time in 15 years.
Sweden came into the game versus Finland as favourites but in fact Sweden hadn't defeated Finland in a WJC game since 1994. But after a low quality game Sweden finally defeated Finland again. The final score was 3-1 after a late empty net goal by Mikael Backlund.
The first period was filled with lot of mistakes, Sweden's 1-0 was the result of a big mistake by Ilari Melart who gave away the puck to David Ullström who served Marcus Johansson who made no mistake. David Rundblad added the second goal and gave Sweden a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.
Sweden came out strong also in the first shift of the second period but Toni Rajala stole the puck and alone with Markström he made no mistake, 1-2 at 21:12. The goal gave the finns some momentum but Sweden took over the game again and had a lot of puck possession but only created a few chances. And despite dominating most of the game Sweden only managed to get 28 shots on goal.
In the third period Sweden was given a penalty shot. The Finns who also had some dubious penalty calls against them wasn't pleased with the decision but the replay gave the referee's right as you could clearly see the Finnish goalie Harri Säteri throwing his stick, the penalty shot however was a terrible effort by Oscar Möller and Säteri made an easy save.
Finland was given some chances to get back into the game when they were given some easy power play but some nice saves by Jacob Markström kept Sweden in the lead and gave them the important win.
Toni Rajala and Oscar Möller was given the awards for best players on each team.
Finland-Sweden 1-3 (0-2,1-0,1-1)
0-1 (9:15) Marcus Johansson (Ullström)
0-2 (12:38) David Rundblad (Petersson, Ullström)
1-2 (21:12) Toni Rajala
1-3 (59:20) Mikael Backlund ENG
Shots: 21-28 (6-8,6-9,9-11)
Penalty minutes: 8-8
Story added on 27th December 2008 at 01:57 GMT
Story submitted by: Fredrik Pålsson.