Swedes, Swiss get off to solid hockey start

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm •  Published: February 12, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Sweden scored early and often. Switzerland waited until the last minute.

They're both off to solid starts in Olympic men's hockey.

Erik Karlsson scored two goals in the Swedes' 4-2 victory over the Czech Republic on Wednesday night, and Simon Moser scored with 7.9 seconds left in Switzerland's 1-0 victory over Latvia in the opening games of the Sochi tournament.

Karlsson and fellow young defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson made impressive Olympic debuts for Sweden, the gold medal winners in 2006. Although goalie Henrik Lundqvist is among several returning players from that championship team, young talent stepped up in what's likely the Swedes' toughest game of the preliminary round.

Captain Henrik Zetterberg and Patrik Berglund also had goals, and Lundqvist made 27 saves. Sweden scored four times on its first 11 shots, chasing Czech goalie Jakub Kovar at the Bolshoy Ice Dome and taking a 4-0 lead early in the second period.

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