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An End of an Era

Published torsdag 25 februari 2010 kl 08.39
No dream semi-final for Henrik Lundqvist and Sweden

Updated: 3:00pm

All hopes of a dream semi-final against host nation Canada ended overnight as Sweden's mens hockey team, the defending Olympic champions, lost their quarter final match against Slovakia 4-3 in one of the upsets of the tournament.

The match ended several Olympic careers. Peter Forsberg and Nicklas Lidström won't be playing in four years time as age caught up with the Swedes against a fast moving Slovakian side. Forsberg and Lidstrom are two of six players who are 31 or older on the Swedish team.

At one stage, Patric Hornqvist and Henrik Zetterberg squared the match at 2-2 but the Slovaks restored their 2 goal advantage.

"I'm not going to be part of any more Olympics as a player," said 39-year-old Lidström, a four time Stanley Cup winner with the Detroit Red Wings.

Lidström's final play was a shot with 3 seconds remaining from atop the left faceoff circle that Slovak goalie Jaroslav Halak saved.

"I don't want to talk about an era right now," Peter Forsberg said afterwards.

"Obviously, you can look at the birth certificates and know we are not going to play too many more."

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