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Omark scores, Sweden progresses to Semis

Oilers prospect seals 4-2 win for Sweden before Russians oust Canada

Thursday, 20.05.2010 / 4:14 PM / Oilers at the Worlds
By Jen Sharpe  - edmontonoilers.com
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Omark scores, Sweden progresses to Semis
Swedish players congratulate teammate and Oilers prospect Linus Omark, left, after his goal in the third period of the quarterfinal game vs. Denmark on May 20, 2010. (Photo by Thorsten Wagner / Bongarts/Getty Images)
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The 'do or die' stage of the 2010 World Championships in Germany got underway Thursday, and thanks in part to Oilers prospect Linus Omark, Sweden remained off the list of deceased teams. Canada, on the other hand, wasn't so lucky.

SWEDES DOUSE DANES

The Swedes were heavy favourites heading into the game, but the Danes put up a good fight.

After battling back and forth through the first 15 minutes, Sweden's Marcus Nilsson got his club on the scoreboard. The Tre Kronor added two goals in the second before Denmark stole one back.

With less than seven minutes remaining in the game, Omark got in on the action. After sneaking up the left wing, the 23-year-old forward caught a crisp pass from Niklas Persson and flipped it past goalie Patrick Galbraith.

Morten Madsen got a second goal for Denmark before the final buzzer, but it wasn't enough to salvage their medal hopes.

Omark's goal was his first of the tournament, bringing his seven-game total to three points. He now sits at +1 with six penalty minutes and 13 shots on goal.

Fellow Oiler Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, who leads the team and sits second in tournament scoring with eight points, posted one shot and finished -1 in the game.

"We were the better team and we knew it," Paajarvi said to the IIHF after the match. "We never gave them enough space to execute."

With the victory, Sweden heads to the semi-finals, where they will face the Czech Republic on Saturday, May 22 at 6:00am MT. In their only previous encounter of the tournament, the Czechs edged the Swedes 2-1 last Thursday. ( Read the recap)

RUSSIAN CRUISE CONTINUES

In the next set of quarterfinal games, the result wasn't so cheery for Oilers fans. With prospect Jordan Eberle and goaltender Devan Dubnyk on the roster, Team Canada faced the formidable Russians, who carried an imposing 25-game winning streak into the game.

The Canadians were coming off two losses, and the Russians took advantage of the shaky squad. With five goals through 60 minutes, Russia powered their way to a confident 5-2 victory and a spot in the semi-finals vs. Germany Saturday.

John Tavares and Matt Duchene scored Canada's two goals, while Eberle registered two shots and finished +1 in 10:05 on the ice. The 20-year-old forward leaves the tournament with one goal and three assists in four games.

After being summoned by Team Canada last Friday, Dubnyk departs with practice time on his resume and a German stamp in his passport.



SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE & RESULTS
(all times mountain)

Saturday, May 22:


Sweden vs. Czech Republic -- 6:00am
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos
  

======END OF QUALIFICATION ROUND======

QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE & RESULTS
(all times mountain)

Thursday, May 20:


Sweden 4 - Denmark 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Russia 5 - Canada 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos  

======END OF QUALIFICATION ROUND======

QUALIFICATION ROUND SCHEDULE & RESULTS
(all times mountain)

Friday, May 14:


Canada 12 - Norway 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sweden 4 - Latvia 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sunday, May 16:

Sweden 3 vs. Canada 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Tuesday, May 18:


Czech Republic 3 - Canada 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sweden 5 - Switzerland 0
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 

======END OF QUALIFICATION ROUND======

RELEGATION ROUND SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Saturday, May 15:

USA
10 - Kazakhstan 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sunday, May 16:

USA 4 vs. France 0
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Tuesday, May 18:

USA 3 - Italy 2 (SO)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

======END OF RELEGATION ROUND======

PRELIMINARY ROUND SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Friday, May 7:


Germany 2
- USA 1 OT
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Saturday, May 8:

Canada
5 - Italy 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos  

Sunday, May 9:

Sweden 5 vs. Norway 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Monday, May 10:

Denmark 2 - USA 1 OT
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Canada 6 - Latvia 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 

Tuesday, May 11:

Sweden 3 - France 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Wednesday, May 12:

Finland 3 - USA 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Switzerland 4 - Canada 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 

Thursday, May 13:

Czech Republic 2 - Sweden 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 

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