Sweden wins again

No, Sweden wasn't playing itself! Sweden was playing Switzerland – and won – to retain the world ice hockey title. 

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  • Sweden had another chance to remind the world that it is not Switzerland as the two countries faced each other in the world championship game tiebreaker on May 20.
    The Tre Kronor capped a victorious run to defend its title in ice hockey by edging Switzerland 3-2 in the final after a penalty shootout. Forward Filip Forsberg scored the decisive goal to give Sweden a third world title in six years, and 11th overall.

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  • Switzerland had stunned Canada 3-2 in the semifinals after a 3-2 upset against Finland in the quarterfinals, then finished runner-up for the third time after 2013 and 1935. The United States topped Canada 4-1 to claim the bronze medal. Chris Kreider led the U.S. with two goals.

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  • "We wanted to win the gold medal, and here we are,” Sweden forward Viktor Arvidsson said. “It’s unbelievable, especially for Filip (Forsberg). He’s a great player, one of our top players. It’s unbelievable to win with my teammates.”

  • After returning from the championship in Denmark on May 21, members of Tre Kronor were received and congratulated for their world championship gold by the Crown Princess family and Prince Carl Philip at the Royal Palace. Photo by Henrik Garlöv / Kungahuset.se
  • Arvidsson, Forsberg and defenseman Mattias Ekholm joined the Swedish national team in ice hockey during the tournament after the Nashville Predators were eliminated from the NHL playoffs.

  • The Tre Kronor were celebrated from the moment they won, coming back to Stockholm where 20,000 fans reportedly gathered to celebrate them, too. Team captain Mikael Backlund hoisted the World Championship trophy as the winners came out to greet the people and thank them for their support.