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Defending champ Sweden blanks Germany

Germany's Dennis Seidenberg is caught between Sweden's Nicklas Backstrom and Loui Eriksson during the second period. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

From the AP:

Mattias Ohlund and Loui Eriksson scored in the second period Wednesday night, helping defending Olympic champion Sweden shake off a slow start to beat Germany 2-0.
The Swedes did not have a shot on net until midway through the scoreless first period in their Vancouver Games opener.
Sweden's Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves for the shutout, following his strong showing four years ago. Germany's Thomas Greiss stopped 23 shots.
The Swedes are trying to be the first team to win two Olympic golds since the NHL allowed its players to compete in the Winter Games 12 years ago. The Russians and Canadians, though, are widely regarded as favorites.

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Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist is congratulated after shutting out Germany. (Matt Slocum/AP)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 17, 2010; 10:25 PM ET
 | Tags: Nicklas Backstrom, Olympics  
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(anyone but Canada/Crosby)

Posted by: butcherbaker | February 17, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: hockeyfan8 | February 17, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

That was a nice play by Backstrom on that assist against Germany. Check it out.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 18, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

*here's to shutting down canada*

Posted by: Bondra2Ovie | February 18, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Let's go Canada, let's go!

Posted by: pierrebuz | February 18, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Sweet play by Nicky!

*here's to shutting down canada*
Posted by: Bondra2Ovie

Good luck with that. From what I've seen so far I don't see Team USA shutting down Canada. Russia maybe, but that's about it. I'll be rooting for U-S-A, but I don't think they're going to win Sunday against Canada.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | February 18, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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