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Men’s Olympic Preview: Canada vs. Sweden

Wednesday, February 16 | 8:30 a.m. ET | Beijing, China | Qualification Round

Jason La Rose
February 15, 2022


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Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team is into the final eight at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, with a tough quarterfinal matchup on tap – it takes on Sweden on Wednesday.


Canada rode its power play to a 7-2 win over host China in the qualification round on Tuesday. The Canadians scored four times in eight chances, with Jordan Weal scoring twice with the man advantage along with one each from Adam Tambellini and Jack McBain. Tambellini also scored a penalty-shot goal, Canada’s first since Petr Nedved in 1994, and added three assists for the first five-point game by a Canadian at the Games since Dave Gagner against Norway in 1984.

The Swedes closed out their preliminary round on Sunday, taking a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes through goals from Lucas Wallmark, Lukas Bengtsson and Anton Lander, only to see Finland erase that deficit in the third period and steal a 4-3 overtime win. While the loss dropped them out of first place in Group C, the single point was enough to earn them a bye through to the quarters.


The last Olympic meeting was a memorable one for Canadian hockey fans. That was Feb. 23, 2014, when Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz scored the goals and Carey Price made 24 saves to give Canada a 3-0 win and its ninth, and most recent, Olympic gold medal.

That was the last top-level meeting at any event; the teams last clashed at the IIHF World Championship in 2017 – also for gold – when Ryan O’Reilly scored and Calvin Pickard made 40 saves, but Sweden earned a 2-1 shootout victory for its 11th world title.


Canada’s power play was deadly against the Chinese, counting four goals on eight chances. That could be key against the Swedes, who come into the game with the worst penalty kill in the tournament – they have allowed four PP goals on just 10 chances through three games. The Canadians, meanwhile, own the best PK in the field at 92.9% (just one PPG allowed in 14 opposition chances). Nobody wants a win-or-go-home game to be a parade to penalty box, but if that happens … the Canadians have a clear edge.

For the Swedes, Wallmark has been the straw that stirs the drink. He has scored four times in three games – almost half of the team’s total of 10 and sits tied for the tournament lead with 17-year-old Slovak wunderkind Juraj Slafkovsky.


Canada has dominated the head-to-head history, winning 13 of 17 meetings (along with one tie). The early years were one-sided (as many games were in the first Olympic tournaments), with Canada outscoring Sweden 45-1 in a trio of wins between 1920-28. The Swedes didn’t earn their first win over Canada until 1984.

This is the third time the teams have met in an elimination game at the Olympics, and the first two were both for gold. Sweden had the edge in 1994 when Peter Forsberg scored his ‘Stamp’ goal in the shootout to give the Swedes their first gold, and Canada got its gold in 2014 (see ‘Last Meeting’ section above).

All-time record: Canada leads 13-3-1 (0-1 in shootout)
Canada goals: 89
Sweden goals: 30

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