Henrik Lundqvist leads battered Swedes past Switzerland

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The Swedes don’t have Johan Franzen, they’re missing Henrik Sedin, and now Henrik Zetterberg is gone. But they still have goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and today that was enough in Sweden’s 1-0 victory over Switzerland.

The New York Rangers netminder turned aside 26 shots to pickup his first shutout and second win of the tournament.

Battered by injuries, it took Sweden a while to get into this game and Lundqvist was all that was standing between them and an early deficit that would have been a huge hurdle to overcome against the defensively minded Swiss squad. Over time Sweden managed to shift the momentum until they finally caught a break when Swiss goalie Reto Berra surrendered a weak goal to Daniel Alfredsson.

Former Ottawa Senators teammate Erik Karlsson and St. Louis’ Patrik Berglund assisted on the marker.

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That was the lone blemish during what was otherwise a solid performance by Berra, who was a surprise choice for Switzerland after Jonas Hiller led them to a 1-0 shutout victory over Latvia in the Olympic opener.

This win sets the Swedes up for their game against Latvia on Saturday. If they beat Latvia as expected, then Sweden will have swept its preliminary round division and advanced directly to the Quarterfinals.