Ice Hockey World Cup 2022 | Great fiasco! Sweden absorbs the shock of elimination at the World Cup. My worst day, sad coach

“The total collapse of Tre Kronor. They are out of the World Cup, “reports Expressen, for example.” Of course, this is nothing more than a grandiose fiasco, “writes the well-known Swedish commentator Sanny Lindström. According to him, it was a “mental failure” of the players.

The Swedes have been waiting for the World Cup medal since 2018. Black Thursday in Tampere ended with the sad engagement of coach Johan Garpenlöv, who was signed to last year’s historic crash, when the Tre Kronor team did not make it to the quarterfinals at all. He did not make much of a reputation at the Olympics, where the Swedes suffered a debacle with the Slovaks in the battle for bronze.

Before the World Cup, Garpenlöv had to deal not only with dozens of apologies from NHL stars, but also with the death of his father. Now he will enter the modern history of the Swedish national team as the least successful coach.

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Canadians rejoice in the victory against Sweden in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.Photo: Vesa Moilanen, CTK / AP

“This is one of the hardest days of my life on the sports field. I am disappointed with the results and the fact that we did not reach the medals. It’s a huge disappointment that I failed. “Both for myself and for the players,” Garpenlöv saddened in an interview with the Swedish media.

“I’m going home now and I’ll bury my father next week,” he said of his immediate plans.

Garpenlöv was part of the successful coaching team of Rikard Grönborg. But he failed as the head coach.

At the same time, Sweden, under his leadership at the championship, did not experience defeat in the regular playing time. In the group, he finished just one point behind the first Finland. In addition, the qualities of Tre Kronor seemed to have risen to a higher level after the arrival of Star Gunner William Nylander.

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Swede William Nylander rejoices against the goal against Canada in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.Photo: Vesa Moilanen, CTK / AP

However, Nylander also prevailed in the quarterfinals, when he increased to 2: 0. But then it was he who was eliminated in the first minute of overtime, and in the weakening of the Swedes, the Canadians decided.

“It simply came to our notice then. He hit my skates. I don’t know, “Nylander said of the operation for which he was expelled.

But the Swedes should not have allowed an extra time of 3-0 after two-thirds. However, the Northerners began to worry about the result, they played too passively and left the initiative to the Canadians. While the first third was won by 11: 9 shots, the second (1:19) and third (7:13) were clearly dominated by Canada.

“It was not a mental collapse. It’s just that when you lead 3-0, you start playing more for sure, that’s natural. They started to have a chance and the picture of the game changed, “Garpenlöv explained. And he denied that his team was too passive.” No. We didn’t want to play too defensively. We wanted to be on the puck, but there is another team. too risk, “he added.

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Swede Emil Bemström and Zach Wihtecloud from Canada (left) in the World Cup quarterfinals.Photo: Vesa Moilanen, CTK / AP

The great goalkeeper Linus Ullmark from Boston held the chances of the Swedes’ victory for a long time. “Canada has ground and covered us since the second period. We have to be grateful that Linus kept us in the game for so long, “Rasmus Dahlin praised his partner in an interview with SVT.

The goalkeeper Dylan Cozens, a former teammate of Ullmark from Buffalo, also praised the goalkeeper. “Ullmark was great throughout the match, he did great,” said the Canadian.

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