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Karlsson Leads Sweden Past Czechs In Hockey Opener

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February 12, 2014 AT 11:49 AM
Erik Karlsson's impressive Olympic debut demonstrated why Sweden has more than enough talent to win it all. Karlsson scored two goals in his first Olympic game, captain Henrik Zetterberg added a goal and Sweden beat the Czech Republic 4-2 Wednesday night in preliminary-round play in men's hockey. Patrik Berglund also scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves as the Swedes opened the Sochi tournament with a display of their formidable offensive depth. Although Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen are out with injuries, Sweden is confident it has young talent just waiting to fill the net.