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Red Wings’ Alfredsson scores Sweden’s only goal in tightly-fought win over Switzerland

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."

Update: This is a remarkable picture:

Update #2: DetroitRedWings.com's Andrea Nelson penned something of a game recap and quoted Alfredsson's interview with NBCSN:

“Well it’s sad,” forward Daniel Alfredsson told NBC Sports Net’s Pierre McGuire about the loss of Zetterberg. “I mean I know how much he wanted to come. The battle has been on and off throughout the year but it didn’t look that bad, it felt pretty good in the first game and then obviously yesterday things took a turn for the worst.”

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The loss of Zetterberg was apparent in Sweden’s game against Switzerland Friday, as the two countries remained locked in a scoreless tie after two periods.

But with one Red Wing down, another stepped up to the challenge for Team Sweden. Participating in his fifth Olympics, 41-year-old Daniel Alfredsson scored the game-winning goal with just over seven minutes left in regulation to give Sweden a 1-0 victory over Switzerland.

“Well it was a battle in our own end and then I saw Erik (Karlsson) get it and I thought I’m going to bust my butt up the ice,” Alfredsson explained. “He gets entry, make a couple of nice moves and I just drove the net and was lucky to get a juicy rebound.”

The score marked the veteran’s 12th Olympic goal and his first of the 2014 tournament in what is likely his final appearance in the Winter Games.

Henrik Lundqvist did his part to keep Sweden in the game by making a number of acrobatic stops, as the goaltender headed a fluttering puck and made a spectacular right pad save to keep Switzerland off the scoreboard. Behind 26 saves in the shutout, Lundqvist helped Sweden remain unbeaten through its first two games.

“It’s nice for us to win the first two games here but it doesn’t mean that much,” Alfredsson said. “We’re going to have to play better and you know it’s nice for us now, we have our goaltending playing unbelievable and that’s always important in a short tournament.”

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MoreShoot's avatar

From Freep, quoting Hank on his back:

Zetterberg could not be reached for comment, but he told Sweden’s Aftonbladet that “it’s the same problems as before, with my back. Only 20 times worse. I just can’t play anymore here; it’s impossible.

“I can hardly move, the pain is incredible. It’s really sickening. I’ve been looking forward to this tournament for years and to have to leave it, I’m so frustrated.”

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/14/14 at 01:59 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Added that to the mid-day post and it was in the initial Z post. Scary stuff all the way around.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/14/14 at 02:02 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

sorry.  cant read ‘em all.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/14/14 at 02:05 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

No problem! smile

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/14/14 at 02:08 PM ET

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