Daniel Alfredsson's third-period goal was enough to lift Sweden to a 1-0 win over a pesky Switzerland side Friday in Group C of the men's Olympic hockey preliminary round.
The Swedes ended the scoreless stalemate with less than eight minutes remaining in the game at Bolshoy Ice Dome.
Defenceman Erik Karlsson sent a harmless looking shot toward Reto Berra, but the Swiss goalie allowed a bad rebound right to Daniel Alfredsson, who buried his easy chance.
The win gives Sweden (2-0) first place in Group C, three points ahead of Switzerland (1-1) and the Czech Republic (1-1).
Henrik Lundqvist backstopped Sweden with 26 saves. Despite giving up a questionable goal, Berra stopped 30 shots for Switzerland.
Both teams took turns dominating the territorial play.
Switzerland, which continues to improve with each passing Olympic Games, outshot Sweden 13-5 in the opening period. The Swedes picked up their game in the second as they held a 17-7 advantage.
The Swedes are playing without two of their best offensive players.
Captain Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal and played 18:14 of ice time during Sweden's 4-2 victory over the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
But the Detroit Red Wings stalwart is sidelined for the remainder of the Olympics with a herniated disc in his back, according to the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation.
Zetterberg joins Vancouver Canucks forward Henrik Sedin on the injury infirmary. The 33-year-old confirmed on the eve of the Winter Games that he would miss the Olympic hockey tournament due to a rib injury.
Johan Franzen, another Red Wings forward, is out with a concussion.