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The playoff round gets underway at the 2022 IIHF World Championship on
Canada’s National Men’s Team, the third-place team in Group A, facing off against Group B runner-up
Sweden in the quarterfinals.
Coming off back-to-back losses, Canada was looking to spark its offence
again in its last preliminary round game against France on Tuesday, and
a 7-1 win did just that. It was a bit of a slow start for both teams, with no scoring until after
the midway mark of the first period, when Travis Sanheim opened things up
for Canada. Max Comtois added the eventual game-winner before the end of
the opening frame. Pierre-Luc Dubois added two goals and an assist in the
final 40 minutes and Chris Driedger made 18 saves to secure the win.
Sweden also wrapped up preliminary round play on Tuesday, in a
tight 1-0 victory over Latvia. William Nylander had the lone goal for the Swedes, who finished just
behind the Finns in Group B. Linus Ullmark made 21 saves for the shutout.
These two powerhouse nations haven’t met at worlds since 2017, when Canada
tightly contested 2-1 shootout loss
in the gold medal game. Victor Hedman opened the scoring for Sweden with a
shorthanded goal in the last minute of the second period before Ryan
O’Reilly answered for Canada on the power play early in the third. Calvin
Pickard made 40 saves and Henrik Lundqvist had 42 of his own to get the
game to a shootout, where Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson
counted the lone goals for Sweden.
WHAT TO WATCH
Eric O’Dell was the final Canadian to earn a point Tuesday in his second
appearance. And now that the offence is rolling again, the biggest question
for Canada remains in net with goaltender Logan Thompson listed day-to-day.
He hasn’t dressed for the last two games after starting four of Canada’s
Sweden has been adding players throughout the event, though none more
impactful than Nylander. The Toronto Maple Leafs forward has two goals in
two games and adds more depth to its roster, which features 12 NHLers. That
includes goaltender Magnus Hellberg (Detroit Red Wings) who has started
four games and has a .931 save percentage.
A LOOK BACK
In the most historically-even match-up so far at worlds, Canada still holds
the edge over Sweden in wins and goal differential in 67 previous meetings.
Prior to the 2017 loss, Canada had picked up five-straight wins, including
a 6-0 quarterfinal victory
the previous year en route to a gold medal. Mark Scheifele had the lone
goal in the first period, while Matt Dumba, Brad Marchand and Max Domi
added one each in the second. Mark Stone and Derick Brassard rounded out
All-time record: Canada leads 35-27-5 (W-L-T)
Canada goals: 238
Sweden goals: 188