Alexander Steen has constantly been on the attack for Sweden throughout the 2014 Winter Olympics. He’d posted a few assists and been involved in every game offensively for the Swedes, but just could hit the back of the net. Steen had shot the puck more than just about anyone else in the Winter Games, yet he didn’t have a goal to show for his efforts.
That changed today as Sweden advanced to the semifinal round by defeating an upstart Slovenia team. A hard shot came from the top of the slot, sailing wide to the right side of Slovenia’s net. The puck popped out on the left side to Steen, who was able to bury the chance from an impossible angle.
That opened the scoring for Sweden, giving the team a 1-0 lead in the first period. That tally would be all that the Swedes would need, though the game was close until the third period. Sweden ripped off four goals in the final frame, completing their strongest game of the tournament so far en route to a 5-0 victory.
Steen spoke to Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com about the contest:
We had our fair share of chances to expand the lead. Their goalie made some big saves. We stuck with it, kept our foot on the gas, and started putting the puck in during the third.
Sweden awaits the winner of the Russia versus Finland contest in the semis.
(h/t to Pete Blackburn for the GIF)
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