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05-01-2012, 05:26 PM
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Considering that the U.S only had a couple of practices together prior to the game, they played really well. They move the puck very well from their own blue line, which is no surprise when you look at the group of defensemen on that roster.
I thought Cam Fowler was pretty good. Ryan was kinda meh, turned some pucks over but showed a couple of flashes of brilliance. He scored a typical goal for him, pulled the puck into his wheelhouse in the right circle, then fired a wrister through the legs of a defenseman and it leaked in through Fasth's 5-hole. Good shot, but certainly not unstoppable.
Goaltending hasn't been good for Sweden in the exhibition games before the tournament. Neither Fasth or Enroth seems to be in their groove right now, and the 3rd goalie spot will be held open in case Lundqvist becomes available. I shall say, Sweden was without Alfredsson, Karlsson, Zetterberg, Ericsson, Franzen, Kronwall and Landeskog in todays game. But again, considering that the U.S. hasn't practiced a lot together, I was impressed. They seemed to found eachother really well.
Thanks for the 411. It sucks not being able to watch the games.
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