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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Lundqvist leads Sweeden to win in opener

By Katie Strang

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist led Sweden to a 4-2 win over the Czech national squad Wednesday in his team's Olympic opener in Sochi, Russia.

The 2012 Vezina Trophy winner made 27 saves as the Swedes bested Jaromir Jagr and the Czechs in the preliminary round of the tournament.

Lundqvist may not wearing a Blueshirt in Sochi, but his stellar play and temperament have not changed a bit since he left the Big Apple. The 31-year-old, who backstopped his native country to a gold medal in 2006, appeared furious on a goal from Jagr that put the Czechs on the board. According to IIHF international rules, no attacking player is allowed in the crease preceding a goal, a mandate Lundqvist clearly did not feel was upheld after he absorbed contact on the play.

Even without Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen, the Swedes looked dominant in Wednesday's effort. Defenseman Erik Karlsson tallied twice, Henrik Zetterberg chipped in a goal of his own while the Czechs were done in by some suspect goaltending.

Jagr's New Jersey Devils teammate Marek Zidlicky also scored for the Czech team.