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Olympic Roundup: Daniel Alfredsson Scores Game-Winner for Sweden, Henrik Zetterberg Withdraws

February 14th, 2014 at 5:34 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Day 3 of the Olympics brought good news and bad news for some Detroit Red Wings players.

Daniel Alfredsson's third period goal proved to be the difference in Sweden's 1-0 victory over Switzerland. Alfredsson beat Swiss netminder Reto Berra at 12:39 of the third to help the Swedes improve to 2-0 in group play.

However, Sweden's chances at a gold medal were dealt a major blow when the team learned that captain Henrik Zetterberg will miss the rest of the games with a back injury.

"Obviously, he's a huge part of our team, but what hurts right now even more is to see what he's going through, the pain that he's in," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall, "You don't want to see anybody go through what he's going through right now. We all feel for him. He's a big part of the team, a big loss. At the same time, we can't feel bad for ourselves. We have other great players on this team."

Kronwall will take over the captain role for Sweden.

Mike Babcock had an easier day behind the bench as Canada blanked Austria 6-0. The win came after the reigning gold medal winners struggled to beat Norway on Thursday.

Jeff Carter recorded a hat trick for the Canadians.

Finland cruised past Norway 6-1 and the Czech Republic defeated Latvia 4-2 in other action. 

Tags: Daniel Alfredsson, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg, Hockey, Mike Babcock, NHL, Niklas Kronwall

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