Thirsty work for Henrik Lundqvist.Photo:TT
Olympics Hockey

Henrik Lundqvist the hero in Tre Kronor win

Just hours after the news that captain Henrik Zetterberg will play no further part in Sweden's Tre Kronor bid to win hockey gold in Sochi, five-time Olympian Daniel Alfredsson lifted spirits by scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Switzerland, a victory that sealed top spot in Group C. The Tre kronor were on the back foot in the first period and had goaltender Hernik Lundqvist to thank for keeping them in the match with a 26-save shutout.

   

- " Henke” saved us in the first period, he played superbly," said Tre kronor centre Patrik Berglund to TV3.  

Daniel Alfredsson, the 41-year-old forward was in the right position to score from a rebound for the game-winning goal with 7:21 left. 

"I just tried to bust my own rear end as much as I could to get to the neutral zone and I think I was able to lose my guy and get open," Alfredsson said. "It's a fortunate bounce, but I'm happy the goalie didn't see it before me and swipe it out, and I was able to tap it in," he told AFP news.

The Swiss got off to a strong start. They outshot Sweden 13-5 in the first period but came across the formidable figure of three-time Olympian Henrik Lundqvist.

"We all know if we're going anywhere, we need our goalie to be the best goalie in the tournament," said Detroit Red Wings man Niklas Kronwall. Sweden had been pre-tournament favourites until losing three of their best forwards to injury in Henrik Zetterberg, Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen. Zetterberg will miss the rest of the tournament because of a herniated disk.

Sweden top Group C and with a victory over winless Latvia on Saturday, they would be among the final eight in the 12-nation tournament.

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