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mary123 Jul 29 '18
TORONTO -- Team Sweden found out an hour before their game with Russia that they would be without their star goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Iceland World Cup Jerseys . During Swedens World Cup opener, Daniel Sedin told ESPNs Leah Hextall that news of their goalies illness circulated just before a game that would go a long way in determining which of these world hockey powers might advance from a stacked Group B.If theres a favorite in the group, its the Swedes. The only weakness, we all believed, was goaltending depth after Lundqvist.Not an issue if Lundqvist plays as expected. Definitely an issue if he doesnt even show up.And yet, there was backup goalie Jacob Markstrom, all 6-foot-6 of him, wiping out concerns that Lundqvists surprise absence created, making 27 saves in Swedens 2-1 win over Russia. The only player to beat him was Alex Ovechkin, who nearly did it twice in the final 33 seconds of the game, only to have an apparent game-tying goal disallowed because it was gloved in.In beating the Russians, the one perceived weakness Sweden might have had was alleviated. Team Canada laid down the gauntlet that they were the favorites by steamrolling the Czech Republic on Saturday, but this win by the 2014 Olympic silver-medalists might have been more impressive considering the circumstances.Sweden didnt have their star goalie against the powerful Russians. It didnt matter.They withstood an early push from a Russian team that clearly sensed an opportunity, with physical play that featured two monster hits from Ovechkin -- one on Niklas Hjalmarsson and the other on Victor Hedman.But there was no rattling the Swedes, who kept steady pressure on Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, then didnt miss when the best opportunities presented themselves.Gabriel Landeskog scored on a one-timer four minutes into a power play and Hedman followed with his own one-timer, driving down the middle of the ice and absolutely connecting on a nice backhand feed from Carl Hagelin.Markstrom played well when tested, including a nice save on a Nikolay Kulemin one-timer in the second period, but it was the play in front of him that was more impressive.Sweden limited the Russians scoring chances, doing a great job occupying offensive-zone time with the Sedins leading the way with a cycle that needs its own wing in the Hall of Fame.The Russians missed an opportunity, to be sure. They had the best team in their group playing without their most important player, and they still couldnt capitalize despite Ovechkins near heroics at the end. There usually isnt enough time in a short tournament like this to recover.As for the Swedes, perhaps they rely less on Lundqvist than originally believed. If so, thats a major problem for the rest of the World Cup field.Three Stars1. Victor Hedman, D, Sweden: Bobrovsky was sharp in goal for Russia, but its no easy task turning aside a one-timer from Hedman when hes driving down the middle of the ice. Hedman was a key part of Swedens defensive play as well, helping shut down a powerful Russian attack, leading all Swedes in ice time.2. Jacob Markstrom, G, Sweden: He wasnt severely tested but made the saves when he had to while answering the call after being put in a tough spot. He played an economical game, letting his big frame do the heavy lifting, showed strong poise and looked good handling the puck.3. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Sweden: Landeskogs missile opened the scoring against the Russians, and the early action has proven how crucial scoring the first goal has been: The team scoring first is undefeated so far in the World Cup. Cheap Iceland Soccer Jerseys . Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Charlie Adam scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them off. Youth Iceland Jerseys . The Dane followed up his first European Tour title last weekend with eight birdies and just a single dropped shot on Thursday for a one-stroke advantage over South Africas Allan Versfeld and Portugals Ricardo Santos. .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Will the Clippers make the Western Conference finals? What trades should they make?Our NBA Insiders preview their 2016-17 season. Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Hoodies Cheap Jerseys Throwback Cheap JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China ' ' '
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