World Cup: Finland blanked 2-0 by Sweden
Barkov and Jokinen will not advance without major help
After getting beat 4-1 by Team North America, Finland’s offense continued to struggle in a 2-0 loss to arch-rival Sweden.
The 0-2 Finns will wrap up round robin play in Group B against Russia (1-1) on Thursday. It’s highly unlikely they will advance to the semi-finals, but they could take the Russians down with them.
Tampa Bay’s Anton Stralman scored the go-ahead midway through the second period with the assists going to the Sedin twins.
Loui Eriksson iced the game with with an empty-netter with three seconds left on the clock.
Aleksander Barkov logged 18:26 of ice time and finished the game with two shots on goal, one hit, one block and a -1 rating.
Jussi Jokinen finished with three shots on goal and a -1 rating in 16:53 TOI. Jokinen took a roughing minor late in the first period.
Swedish netminder Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves to post the shutout.
In Group A action Tuesday, Canada beat the United States 4-2 to end the Americans chances of advancing.
Today’s games are Team North America against Sweden at 3 p.m. on ESPN and Canada versus Team Europe at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.