Swedish Hockey Just Scrapes By Belarus

Breaking the curse of the 2002 Salt Lake City games, the Swedish hockey team beat Belarus 4-2 in the Vancouver Olympics on Friday. But the game, a revenge for the Swedish team’s humiliating loss against the country eight years ago, offered its own nerve-wracking moments.

The defending Olympic champions led 3-0 after two periods of play, but Belarus quickly scored twice in three minutes, transforming a comfortable lead into a very insecure edge. Both teams began playing frenetically in the third period, and Belarus was just centimeters away from tying it up.

Finally, Daniel Alfredsson of Sweden secured Sweden’s 4-2 win with nine seconds to go.

The win gives Sweden two victories under its belt as it sets off to face Nordic rivals Finland on Sunday.