Prospect Kruger and Sweden Take Bronze at WJC
Friday, 01.8.2010 / 10:08 AM CT / News
By Lauren Lang - chicagoblackhawks.com
Sweden breezed through the preliminary rounds knocking off the Czech Republic (10-1), Austria (7-3), Russia (4-1) and Finland (4-0). Sweden moved into the semi-final round for the third straight year, and were looking to best their two previous silver medal finishes. Sweden faced the eventual gold medal winners team USA, falling 2-5.
“We had one bad game against the U.S. You have to play your best game in the semi-finals and we didn’t, so we must be happy with the bronze medals,” said Sweden head coach Pär Mårts to IIHF.com. “We have to learn to win such games."
Kruger tallied six assists and a +7 plus/minus rating in six games played during the IIHF WJC. The talented Djurgårdens IF rookie leads the team with 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists) in 30 games this season, which is good for 12th among scoring leaders in the Swedish Elite League.