The Washington Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom contributed an assist in the third period of Sweden’s quarterfinals shutout of Slovenia Wednesday.
Goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves for his second shutout of the Sochi Games and Carl Hagelin scored twice, helping Sweden rout upstart Slovenia 5-0 to advance into Olympic hockey semifinals, where the 2006 Olympic champions will face the winner of the Russia-Finland game on Friday for a spot in the gold-medal game.
Sweden is the only team to win all four of its games in regulation in what has been quite a feat without Henrik Zetterberg, Daniel Sedin and Johan Forward.
The short-handed Swedes ended a feel-good story, eliminating Slovenia in its first Olympic hockey tournament.
Alexander Steen broke a scoreless tie 18:50 into the game. After a scoreless second, Daniel Sedin, Loui Eriksson and Hagelin broke the game open with four goals in the third period.
Backstrom assisted on Eriksson’s goal 8:04 into the third period, giving Sweden a 3-0 lead. He also had three shots on goal and was +2 for the game.