Lundqvist stops 36 in Sweden's 5-3 win
Swedes complete qualifying round by beating Czechs in Quebec City
Sunday, 05.11.2008 / 10:13 PM / News
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Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist picked up his second victory in three games at the 2008 World Championship tournament on Sunday, helping Sweden beat the Czech Republic 5-3.
The Swedes took the lead at 1:14 of the third on a goal by Mattias Weinhandl, but Tomas Fleischmann of the Washington Capitals came right back to tie it for the Czechs at 3-3 just over eight minutes later. Nashville draft pick Patric Hornqvist, 21, then delivered the winner for Sweden when he scored with 4:53 left in the third period, and Calgary's Marcus Nilson delivered an empty-netter -- his second goal of the game -- to seal the victory.
In beating the Czechs, the Swedes moved into a three-way tie for second place with the Czechs and Switzerland. All four of the top teams in Group E, including first-place Russia, have clinched berths in the medal round's quarterfinals. Regardless of the Switzerland-Russia result on Monday, the Swedes will enter the quarterfinals with the group's No. 3 seed, while the Czechs would hold the No. 4 seed.
Also on Sunday, Finland beat Team USA 3-2 after coming back from a 2-0 deficit with three third-period goals. Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky skated on Team USA's No. 2 line with David Booth and Patrick Kane for the second consecutive game.
Minnesota's Mikko Koivu, the younger brother of Montreal captain Saku Koivu, scored the game-winner with 3:50 remaining in regulation. His goal followed tallies from Nashville's Ville Koistinen and Anaheim's Teemu Selanne, who tied the game at 10:44 of the third.
Boston's Phil Kessel and Edmonton's Tom Gilbert had the Team USA goals in the second period. The game saw a total of 202 penalty minutes, including 106 against Team USA, but most of those minutes resulted from a fight that erupted after the final buzzer.
The loss moved the U.S. team's record to 2-2-0, keeping them in third place in Group F, where the top four teams will go to the quarterfinals. Team USA is back in action on Monday when it faces Norway (1-2-1) in its final qualifying-round game.