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by George Malik on 05/17/12 at 06:38 PM ET
I’m writing this from my phone because it’s a stunning result: despite dropping a 3-1 deficit and losing Johan Franzen to an unspecified injury (update: Marie Hallman reports that Franzen became very ill) Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson rallied Sweden to a 3-3 tie against the Czech Republic…But poor decision-making and shaky goaltending from Victor Fasth yielded a 4-3 loss for Franzen, Zetterberg, Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall, Called Jarnkrok and Sweden.
The Czechs advance to face Slovakia in the Semifinals on Saturday, while the star-studded Swedes will face cries of, “Fiaskot!” and questions about what could have been.
Update from phone: Here’s IIHF.com’s recap.
Zetterberg was named the Swedes’ best player, finishing with a goal, an assist, a 10-and-13 faceoff record, 5 shots, a +3 and 21:13 of ice time;
Jonathan Ericsson had a goal, took 4 shots, finished at a +1 and played 17:33;
Niklas Kronwall took 1 shot, finished at a -1 and played 21:40;
And Calle Jarnkrok lost his only faceoff and looked strong, if a bit undersized, in 9:11 of ice time.
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