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Sweden slays Germany at Worlds
Sweden is back in winning ways after Germany goes down in a 4-2 thriller in Bratislava.
A new look Team Sweden skated out on the pad in Bratislava after yesterday's close loss to Czech Republic. Coach Kinisjärvi had done his homework and formulated a sure-win strategy against the big and strong German team.
Sweden took to the game with a clear purpose and it took less than four minutes before Köping's Markus Kinisjärvi put the biscuit in the net after amazing set up work done by Marcus Viitanen and Linus Svedlund. It was again Kinisjärvi in the right place at the right time to drive past the German crease and backhand the puck into the roof of the net in the second period after Hampus Larsson set him free earning an assist.
The team came back from the half-time break with new venom and Germany struggled to get on the puck. It was Alexander Olsson who extended the Swedish lead to 3-0 from an inch-perfect pass from Martin Eklund.
Germany tried to muster a come-back with a goal from Christian Poetzel, but less than a minute later Hampus Larsson restored Sweden's three-goal cushion with groundwork done by Markus Kinisjärvi and Linus Svedlund.
The Germans managed to get a late goal by Tim Brazda, but it was too little too late as Team Sweden was clearly content with the winning scoreline and held possession until the final whistle.
Player of the Game award for Sweden was very deservedly awarded to Linus Svedlund. His ability to create something out of nothing makes him the player to watch in this tournament, but even more impressively, keep an eye on his lightning-fast decisionmaking and ability to find his way out of trouble against overwhelming odds.
Our next game is against dear neighbours Finland with puck dropping at 20:00 tomorrow local time.