Game Summary
Canada  3 -  Sweden  4


by Alan Adams

PARDUBICE, Czech Republic – The streaks are over for Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship after Tobias Forsberg scored at 19:53 of the third period to give Sweden a 4-3 win.

The goal capped a Swedish rally from a 2-0 third-period deficit and ended Canada's 20-game winning streak at the World Juniors.

"I think we just got a little ahead of ourselves," said Brad Marchand (Hammonds Plains, NS/Halifax, QMJHL), who scored Canada's first goal.

The Swedes are in first place in Group A, with a 3-0 record and nine points, while Canada and the Czech Republic are 2-1 and sit tied for second.

On the winning goal, Marchand lost the puck at the Swedish blueline, creating a 2-on-1 that Forsberg finished off by sweeping the puck past goaltender Jonathan Bernier (Laval, QC/Lewiston, QMJHL).

Canada ends the preliminary round on Monday against Denmark.

Up 1-0 on Marchand’s first-period goal, Shawn Matthias (Mississauga, ON/Belleville, OHL) scored off a scramble at 2:17 of the third, and the Canadians looked in control.

But the lead was short-lived.

Eric Moe's point shot on a Swedish powerplay got past a screened Bernier at 5:14, ending Canada's shutout string at 165 minutes, 14 seconds, the first time in 20 tries the three-time defending gold medalists had allowed a power play goal at this year’s championship.

The Swedes then scored a pair of lucky goals to take the lead.

Tony Lagrerstrom was behind the Canadian net when his pass hit a skate and the puck ended up behind Bernier at 6:45, and Oscar Möller netted the go-ahead goal when his sharp-angle shot hit a Canadian skate and found its way past a surprised Bernier just moments later.

"We could feel the momentum change and it wasn't fun," said Marchand. "Things could be better."

But Claude Giroux's power play goal at 16:18 on a scramble tied the game at 3-3, and overtime loomed until Forsberg’s late strike.

Marchand said the Canadians can't wait to redeem themselves.

"There is a lot of character in the room and we can't wait to get back out there. We came here to win a world title and that is why we are here.

"We know what we have to do, and we can do it."


Game Information
Game Number 13  Round Preliminary
Arena Pardubice Arena City, Country Pardubice, Czech Republic
Month / Day / Year 12/29/2007 Time (local) 02:00 PM ET
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Canada (CAN) 1 0 2 3
Sweden (SWE) 0 0 4 4
First Period
   19:05 CAN 17 Brad Marchand (28 Claude Giroux)

   03:31 SWE 15 Patrik Berglund (Hooking)
   16:00 CAN 23 PK Subban (Tripping)

Second Period

   03:18 CAN 21 Riley Holzapfel (Hooking)
   06:42 SWE 17 Patrik Lundh (Roughing)
   09:48 CAN 7 Stefan Legein (Boarding)
   14:34 SWE 16 Tobias Forsberg (Interference)
   17:31 CAN 10 Steven Stamkos (Tripping)

Third Period
   02:17 CAN 22 Shawn Matthias (32 Matthew Halischuk, 18 Colton Gillies)
   05:14 SWE 2 Eric Moe (18 Joakim Andersson, 23 Robin Figren) PP
   06:45 SWE 25 Tony Lagerstrom
   09:09 SWE 26 Oscar Moller (2 Eric Moe) PP
   16:18 CAN 28 Claude Giroux (19 Kyle Turris) PP2
   19:53 SWE 16 Tobias Forsberg (22 Mikael Backlund)

   03:34 CAN 12 Brandon Sutter (Tripping)
   08:05 CAN 21 Riley Holzapfel (Tripping)
   15:09 SWE Team (Too Many Men)
   15:40 SWE 3 Johan Motin (Roughing)

1 Jonathan Bernier On 1/00:00   Off 3/19:53
1 Jhonas Enroth On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Canada 11 10 12 33
Sweden 10 8 12 30

Player of Game
Referee KURMANN Danny (SUI), STERNS Thomas (USA)
Lines People GORDENKO Konstantin (RUS), WINNEKENS Felix (GER)