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Alfredsson's goal lifts Sweden over Switzerland

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2/14/2014 10:21:13 AM
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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.

Daniel Alfredsson - Sweden (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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