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by George Malik on 02/14/14 at 09:43 AM ET
Updated 2x at 10:39 AM: Team Sweden played quite the squeaker against Switzerland, looking like a team of Red Wings fans dealing with the body blow that is losing Henrik Zetterberg to that damn herniated disc while battling an incredibly tenacious and defensively apt Swiss squad, but via 25Stanley on Twitter, Daniel Alfredsson and his old pal Henrik Karlsson teamed up for a "garbage goal" with 7:21 left in the 3rd period, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 shots to make Sweden's 1-0 win over Switzerland stand up:
So the Swedes won a squeaker, with Alfredsson finishing with a goal on 3 shots and 12:31 of ice time, Niklas Kronwall wearing the "C" in Zetterberg's stead and playing 19:06, Jonathan Ericsson playing 16:25 and Gustav Nyquist mostly playing alongside Alfredsson and Marcus Johansson, playing only 6:32 as he was shuffled onto the fourth line late in the game.
Alfredsson told NBCSN's Pierre McGuire that the team's two wins don't mean all that much, and that the team needs to play better to win against Latvia tomorrow, and he also said that it was very disappointing that Zetterberg had to bow out given how much he wanted to play for Sweden.
In English, that headline is, "The veterans are Sweden's heroes."
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