FINAL: Sweden beats Czech Republic 4-2

Sweden beat the Czech Republic 4-2 in their opening round games of the Olympics.

Henrik Lundqvist picked up the win for Sweden and stopped 27 of 29 shots. Lundqvist also picked up the secondary assist on Berglund’s goal.

Carl Hagelin played 12:25 in the game:

  • 2:56 in the first
  • 3:48 in the second
  • 5:41 in the third period

Sweden’s goal scorers were Erik Karlsson (2), Henrik Zetterberg, Patrick Berglund.

The goals for the Czech Republic were Marek Zdlicky and Jaromir Jagr.

Former Ranger Petr Nedved played over 10 minutes and took two penalties.

Read: Rick Nash and his spot on Team Canada

12:48PM: Nash said that he wasn’t expecting to make Team Canada but Steve Yzerman called him and said that they trust Nash on the ice and wanted him on the team. (ESPN.com)

Nash said that he wasn’t sure if being named to Team Canada was the reason he started scoring in January, but what he did know was that the puck started going in. (ESPN.com)

Nash’s spot, a defensive role, was debated with Patrice Bergeron and Logan Couture also in the mix and Couture was the one left off the team. (ESPN.com)

Mike Babcock praised Nash for the role he had in 2010 and Jonathon Toews said that Nash always play well in international competition. (ESPN.com)

8:34AM: In early practices in Russia, Rick Nash is skating with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp.

Nash and Sharp were a two-way line in 2010, with Mike Richards, that was usually tasked with shutting down the oppositions best forwards.

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Note: Olympic Schedule by Player

Team USA: Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh:

  • Thursday Feb 13: 7:30AM (Slovakia) NBC Sports Network
  • Sat Feb 15: 7:30AM (Russia) NBC Sports Network
  • Sun Feb 16: 7:30AM (Slovenia) NBC Sports Network

Team Sweden: Henrik Lundqvist, Carl Hagelin:

  • Wednesday Feb 12: 12PM (Czech Republic) USA Network
  • Friday Feb 14: 7:30AM (Switzerland) NBC Sports Network
  • Saturday Feb 15: 12PM (Latvia) USA Network

Team Norway: Mats Zuccarello:

  • Thursday Feb 13 at 12PM (Canada) USA Network
  • Friday Feb 14 at 12PM (Finland) MSNBC
  • Sunday Feb 16 at 3AM (Austria) USA Network

Team Canada: Rick Nash:

  • Thursday Feb 13 at 12PM (Norway) USA Network
  • Friday Feb 14 at 12PM (Austria) USA Network
  • Sunday Feb 16 at 12PM (Finland) USA Network

Qualification round games:

  • 2/18 and 2/19

Semifinals:

  • 2/21

Bronze Medal Game:

  • 2/22 at 10AM

Gold Medal Game

  • 2/23 at 7AM

2014 Mens Olympic hockey schedule. Sochi, Russia. Canada, USA, Sweden, Norway

Practice: Carl Hagelin’s line, Henrik Lundqvist in Russia

Team Sweden is practicing today in Russia.

Carl Haglein is skating on the likely fourth line with Jimmie Ericsson (Skelleftea AIK) and Marcus Krueger of the Blackhawks. (Helene St. James)

The other lines for Sweden are:

  • Daniel Sedin, Nicklas Backstrom, Loui Eriksson
  • Gabriel Landeskog, Henrik Zetterberg, Alex Steen
  • Gustav Nyquist, Patrick Berglund, Daniel Alfredsson

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Note: Rick Nash skating with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp at Canada Practice

11:18AM: Nash did not see action on either Canada PP unit. (Ryan Rishaug)

11:05AM: Canada is going through their first practice of the Olympics and Rick Nash is skating with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. (Chris Johnston)

Nash and Toews played together in 2010 and had Mike Richards on their line.

At the Team Canada orientation camp over the summer, Nash skated with Toews and Eric Staal.


Jeff Carter is replacing Steven Stamkos on the top line for Canada with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. (Ryan Rishaug)

Ryan Getzlaf is between John Tavares and Corey Perry.