Wednesday, May 7, 2003
Sweden rallies from 5-1 deficit to advance
HELSINKI, Finland -- P.J. Axelsson scored with 4:54 to play
as Sweden rallied from a 5-1 deficit to beat Finland 6-5 Wednesday
and advance to the semifinals of the World Hockey Championships.
Sweden will play defending champion Slovakia on Friday. Slovakia
beat Switzerland 3-1.
In Turku, Olympic champion Canada advanced with a 3-2 victory
over Germany, on Eric Brewer's goal 37 seconds into overtime. The
Canadians will play the Czech Republic, which beat Russia 3-0 in
the other quarterfinal.
Finland went ahead 5-1 after Teemu Selanne completed a hat trick
with a power-play goal 6:44 into the second period. But before a
stunned sellout crowd of 13,441, the Swedes came all the way back
to beat their rivals.
"It's hard to believe," said Swedish backup goalie Mikael
Tellqvist, who replaced the Edmonton Oilers' Tommy Salo after he
gave up the fifth Finnish goal.
Former NHL player Jorgen Jonsson started the rally by beating
goalie Jani Hurme with a slap shot from the point at 8:04 into the
second period. Peter Forsberg of the Colorado Avalanche cut the
score to 5-3 with the first of his two goals, flipping a backhander
into the net on a power play.
Jonas Hoglund made it 5-4, connecting with a one-timer from the
slot. The Finns introduced Pasi Nurminen in goal at the start of
the third period, but it didn't help.
Forsberg got the equalizer at 8:22 in the third with one of the
most stunning goals in the tournament, going the length of the ice
and capping the great rush with a wraparound goal from a sharp
Axelsson, who plays for the Boston Bruins, scored the winner by
tipping in a shot from the point by Ronnie Sundin against the
"It was a nightmare finish for the Finnish team," said
Finland's head coach, Hannu Aravirta, who announced earlier that he
was retiring after these championships.
Mats Sundin, the Toronto Maple Leafs captain, also scored for
Canada blew a 2-0 third-period lead against Germany before
Brewer sent a wrist shot past screened goalie Robert Muller on a
power play. It was his first goal of the tournament.
Milan Hejduk, who led the NHL this season with 50 goals, had a
goal and an assist in the Czech Republic's win over Russia. Last
year, the Czechs were denied a bid for a fourth straight world
title when they were beaten by Russia in the quarterfinals.
Miroslav Satan of the Buffalo Sabres broke a 1-1 tie late in the
second period and scored another goal early in the third to lead
Slovakia past Switzerland.