Sweden capped a victorious run through the ice hockey world championship by edging Switzerland 3-2 on Sunday in the final after a penalty shootout to successfully defend its title.
Forward Filip Forsberg scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give Sweden a third world title in six years and 11th overall.
“We wanted to win the gold medal, and here we are,” Sweden forward Viktor Arvidsson said. “It’s unbelievable, especially for Filip. He’s a great player, one of our top players. It’s unbelievable to win with my teammates.”
“They were close to winning the whole championship. So, credit to them,” Sweden forward Magnus Paajarvi said.
Gustav Nyquist wristed a shot from the slot high into the net for Sweden to answer the Swiss opening goal by Nino Niederreiter.
Timo Meier scored a second-period, power-play goal to restore the one-goal advantage for Switzerland in the second.
Mika Zibanejad equalized on a power play from the point, forcing overtime.
“Prototypical [corner], fantastic athlete, great height, size, length, speed,” Richard said, via Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News. “Everything is there. He has a great attitude, working really hard from Day 1. I’m thrilled to be around him.”
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Gordon Hayward had the most gruesome injury of the 2017-18 season five minutes into the campaign. His absence allowed his young teammates to flourish, but he should still return to an impact role that allows him to approximate his ranking of 33rd from the 2016-17 Player Rater.