Sweden opened Olympic play with a four-zero win over Norway on Thursday, even after leaving extremely rated younger defenseman Rasmus Dahlin on the bench as a wholesome scratch.
Linus Omark completed with three assists, together with a backhand, no-look cross to arrange Par Lindholm’s opening aim. Anton Lander made it 2-zero as Sweden dominated the primary interval and largely cruised from there. Goaltender Viktor Fasth confronted 17 photographs for the primary shutout of the lads’s Olympic event.
Coach Rikard Gronborg defined that Dahlin is considered one of eight defenseman and the workforce can solely gown seven.
“He is an incredible hockey participant,” Gronborg stated. “However he is additionally 17 years previous. For him to be right here is an unbelievable achievement. On the similar time, I feel he is ok to be right here. In any other case we would not decide him.”
Dahlin has drawn rave critiques from teammates on Sweden and Froluna, his Swedish Hockey League membership and comparisons to Norris Trophy-profitable Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson. With Dahlin scratched, Sweden dressed defensemen Erik Gustaffson, Jonas Ahnelov, Staffan Kronwall, Simon Bertilsson, Mikael Wikstrand, Johan Fransson and Patrik Hersley.
“The blokes we have now proper now that performed tonight are guys that we use in several conditions,” Gronborg stated. “I am speaking primarily particular groups and stuff like that. We need to give them an opportunity. I feel Rasmus is prepared…