Poor start dooms Denmark to defeat

Despite an admirable comeback attempt, Sweden’s four unanswered goals in the first twelve minutes was an ice-bridge too far

A poor defensive showing was again an issue  for the men's ice hockey team as Sweden raced to a big lead before a rejuvenated Danish attack made it a respectable 4-6 as the IIHF World Championships as Denmark 

The Swedish co-hosts came out guns blazing and the Danes seemed bewildered in the first period as they quickly fell behind 0-4, managing only six shots on goal to Sweden’s 21.

But Nichlas Hardt pulled one back late in the period and it was a more composed Danish side that came out for the second. But Sweden kept the pressure on and notched two more goals before Hardt scored his second.

It was all Denmark in the final period though as Lars Eller and Morten Green scored two goals. The Danes surged again in the final minutes, but the Swedes managed to hold firm and prevent an upset.

TV2 commentator Olaf Eller was delighted by the Danish comeback attempt and pointed to the upcoming games against Germany, Latvia and Norway as being critical to Denmark qualifying for the quarter finals.

“It was an impressive comeback, and it could well be the catalyst required to get through these world championships,” Eller told MetroXpress. “Now there are two rest days and then the Russians are up, no easy game, but a step towards the three last key games against Germany, Latvia and Norway in our bid to remain in Group A.”

Denmark's next match is on Thursday, when they take on the undefeated and top-ranked Russians. The puck drops at 4:15pm and can be viewed on TV2 Sport.