Philadelphia Flyers Defenseman Erik Gustafsson Takes Home Gold
The Philadelphia Flyers‘ season has been over for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean that some of the team’s players are done playing hockey for the summer. A good chunk of the Flyers roster traveled overseas this year to play for their home countries in the IIHF’s 2013 World Championship.
Despite having a stacked team all around, Team Canada was unable to secure a spot in the final round. Not only did they not play in the Gold Medal round, but they were not even in the Bronze Medal Game. That’s really odd for Canada considering not only were Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read and Luke Schenn on the team, but big names like P.K Subban, two of the Staal brothers and Steven Stamkos were also on the team. If you look at the roster Canada seemed the best with having so much NHL talent. Canada got as far as the quarterfinals and were then beaten out by Team Sweden.
Sweden was the strongest team in the competition as they defeated Finland in the Finals and then went on to take on the undefeated Switzerland team in the Gold Medal Round. Switzerland won all nine of their games in the competition, and it was the first time in the country’s history that they went to the Gold Medal Round. Sweden didn’t care about that, however, as they routed the Swiss 5-1 to take the gold.
Sweden also was a stacked team with both the Sedin Twins, Gabriel Landeskog and the Flyers’ budding defenseman Erik Gustafsson. Gustafsson provided a key turning point in the game as he was able to tie up the game early in the first period. His goal helped his teammates to build momentum to score four more times to defeat the Swiss.
Gaining the Silver Medal is still a big achievement for the Swiss team who showed everyone who was boss throughout the competition. Sweden also had the home ice on their side as the Medal games were played in Stockholm, SE. The last time a team has won gold on home ice in the competition was in 1986.
Team Finland and Team USA also played each other in the Bronze medal game where USA took home the Bronze after a shootout round.
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