QUEBEC – Henrik Lundqvist was solid in his first game of the tournament and Sweden bounced back from a disappointing loss to hammer Denmark 8-1 Thursday afternoon.
The Swedes had been the subject of criticism in the Swedish press after their 4-2 loss to Switzerland on Wednesday in their final round-robin game.
They came back in a big way Thursday, dominating the Danes early and cruising to victory. Any offence Denmark could muster was handled by Lundqvist, who made 17 saves in his first game since his New York Rangers were beaten in five games by Pittsburgh in the NHL playoffs.
Tony Martensson scored twice for Sweden, while Kenny Jonsson, Marcus Nilson, Anton Stralman, Karl Fabricius, Mattias Weinhandl and Rickard Wallin also scored.
With Sweden leading 8-0, Kasper Degn broke Lundqvist’s shutout bid when he tipped in Stefan Lassen’s pass from the corner.
Peter Hirsch was in goal for seven of Sweden’s goals before being replaced by Patrick Galbraith. The goaltenders combined for 35 saves.
Sweden’s Niclas Wallin served the first of his two game suspension handed down by the IIHF for a hit from behind on Switzerland’s Roman Wick on Wednesday.