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WJC Final: Slick Swedes take gold

January 6, 2012

Mika Zibanejad is lifted by a teammate after lifting his team to gold last night with his overtime winner.

It was a beautiful game. Whoever says 0-0 or 1-1 games in hockey are a bore, needs to watch more of these games in their playoff or final iterations. Because these are the games hockey is made of. Team Sweden figured a way to oppress the Russian offense, who had chances few and far between, showing the wear from facing Canada’s near comeback. The entire overtime period was a Swedish feast, at long last: they held the puck in the offensive zone for nearly the entirety of the 10 minutes. Few whistles made for a dazzling and continuous flow of play in the overtime. The Russians didn’t muster the energy, or the wherewithal, of the Swedes. The Swedes had that extra step last night, and their passes, their plays, just seemed to gel.

Here is the goal, from Swedish broadcaster SVT:

Puck Daddy has already pointed out just how amazing the announcers are. But the footage itself captured, including the coach, Roger Ronnberg, jumping onto the bench, arms upheld, like a man stranded on a Pacific island with a plane overhead, thanking the heavens, and one Swede, rolling around alone on the ice, on his back, is priceless.

This smiles of Andrei Makarov and Mika Zibanejad: this is what it’s all about.

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