Sweden Beats Czechs 3-0, Advances Into Second Round
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) _ Sweden shut out the Czech Republic 3-0 Thursday to clinch a place in the second round of the World Cup.
The victory assured Sweden of a place in the second round with Finland, which routed Germany 8-3 on Wednesday.
Czechs, the 1996 world champions, will play equally winless Germans in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Saturday for the remaining third place in round two of the European pool.
Sweden beat Germany in the opener of the European pool 6-1 Monday.
Mats Sundin of the Toronto Maple Leafs opened the score for Sweden at 9:48 into the first period on a breakaway.
Fed by Niklas Lindstroem at the blue line he beat Czech goalie Roman Turek with a fake to the right post.
With just 57 seconds into the second period Calle Johansson scored the second goal for Sweden with a shot from the blue line assisted by Peter Forsberg.
At 13:34 into the second period Jonas Bergqvist added the third goal with a low shot from the right wing.
The Czech team which includes 14 NHL players including top-scorers Jaromir Jagr and Petr Nedved of the Pittsburgh Penguins never found a clue to penetrate Sweden’s defense.
They also missed last year’s Vezina Trophy holder goalie Dominik Hasek of the Buffalo Sabres who turned down the invitation to play the World Cup for personal reasons.