Lundqvist Brilliant as Sweden Advances to Semifinals
By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP HOCKEY WRITER
TORONTO-Henrik Lundqvist made 45 saves and Sweden wrapped up the top seed in Group B and a spot in the World Cup of Hockey semifinals by reaching overtime in a 4-3 loss to Team North America on Wednesday.
Nathan MacKinnon scored the winner after back-and-forth 3-on-3 play. But Sweden got the point it needed to advance to the semifinals, while North America needs Finland to beat Russia on Thursday.
Facing 49 shots, Lundqvist was brilliant playing the second half of back-to-back games. Counting his shutout against Finland, “The King” has stopped 81 of 85 shots at the World Cup.
Auston Matthews, Vincent Trocheck and Johnny Gaudreau scored in regulation for North America. Filip Forsberg, Nicklas Backstrom and Patrik Berglund scored for Sweden.
Starting in place of Matt Murray, North America goalie John Gibson stopped 35 of 38 shots.