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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Swedes Rout Germans in World Cup

STOCKHOLM, -- The Swedes crushed Germany in the opening match of the World Cup while Canada limbered up for Thursday's clash with Russia with a win against Slovakia.


Sweden's Peter Forsberg is one of four players -- all of them Swedes -- to win the Stanley Cup, Olympic gold and world championship titles.


The Colorado Avalanche star would love to add the World Cup of Hockey title to his collection.


"All [World Cup] teams have excellent players and most of them play in the NHL," said Forsberg, the NHL's top rookie in 1994-95, who led Sweden to the 1994 Olympic gold medal. "But on paper Canada looks like the team to beat."


Well, the Swedes don't look bad either.


Forsberg set up three goals, two of them on the power play, as Sweden's star-studded squad of NHL players routed Germany 6-1 Monday night.


Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings was as impressive as Forsberg, scoring the opening goal and finishing with a plus-four rating for the night.


Lidstrom took a pass from Forsberg near the blue line and beat the screened German goalie with a soft, looping wrist shot for the opening goal at 12:09.


"We were nervous in the beginning and it showed," said Lidstrom, who had 17 goals and 50 assists, sixth among defenseman in the NHL last season.


The Swedes, who outshot the Germans 28-5 in the second period alone, took a 2-0 lead at 16:40 when former Calgary Flames star Mikael Nylander whipped a one-timer past Kolzig.


Mats Sundin of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who hit the post from point-blank range late in the second period, made it 3-0 at 3:24 in the third period on another assist by Forsberg.


Ulf Dahlen of the San Jose Sharks scored at 3:51 and Niklas Sundstrom of the New York Rangers made it 5-0 at 5:24 before German coach George Kingston pulled Kolzig for Klaus Merk with 13:55 left.


Forsberg set up his third goal at 9:56, when Johan Garpenlov of the Florida Panthers scored a shorthanded goal to end the scoring for the Swedes. Mark MacKay spoiled goalie Tommy Salo's shutout bid with four minutes left.


In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada had a 7-4 victory over Slovakia in their final World Cup exhibition game.


Claude Lemieux of the Colorado Avalanche gave Canada a 5-4 lead with 1:03 left in the second period and that goal stood as the game-winner Sunday night.


Adam Graves of the New York Rangers made it 6-4 at 4:44 of the third, while Brendan Shanahan of the Hartford Whalers scored his second power-play goal of the game to cap the scoring with 7:22 to play.


After building a 4-2 lead on Shanahan's first power-play goal at 11:56 of the free-wheeling second period, Canada gave up two quick goals.


A defensive blunder by veteran Paul Coffey allowed the Slovaks to tie the game. Coffey chipped the puck in front as he fell behind the net, putting it on Richard Zednik's stick. Zednick then fed a quick pass to Pavol Demitra, who beat goaltender Curtis Joseph between the legs, bringing boos from the Canadian flag-waving crowd.