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World Juniors semis: Sweden beats Russia, massive postgame brawl

Jan 4, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

For the third consecutive year, Sweden has defeated Russia by a single goal in a World Juniors’ playoff game.

The Nashville Predators’ Filip Forsberg and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Oskar Sundqvist each found the back of the net for Sweden in their 2-1 win today. Swedish goaltender Oscar Dansk, who was taken by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the 31st overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, also played a key role in the victory with 27 saves.

It was when the game ended though that tensions boiled over as several of the Russian and Swedish players broke into a sparring match. Most notably, Swedish defenseman Jesper Pettersson jumped out of the penalty box to attack Andrei Mironov.

You can see the brawl below:

Mironov and Pettersson were both given roughing minors for their actions.

Sweden will attempt to win the gold medal at home against the winner of the Canada-Finland game. Russia will attempt to secure their second straight Bronze medal.

  1. killerpgh - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    But wait. Fighting isn’t allowed and that is supposed eliminates all the rough stuff…….

    • joey4id - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      That’s a dumb sarcastic comment. Fights

    • joey4id - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Fights are are supposed to help police the game. Yet there have been no cheap head shots in this tournament.

      • alliceishome - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        According to the refs, there have been plenty.

      • joey4id - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        How concussions have the refs diagnosed?

      • matt14gg - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        And if these team played each other 4-6 times a season, and in the playoffs, and did it year after year, the cases would be similar. They don’t so they’re not. When you play against the same teams, and players, year after year, you build up hatred and grudges. That is when fighting is necessary, because without it you would have guys cheap shotting, and looking for payback, on a nightly basis.

      • joey4id - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        matt14gg, do you have any statistics proving your theory? Unless you do, I’ll side with Stevie Y, Rutherford, Shero, Scotty Bowman, and Ken Dryden who are for the ban of fighting. .

  2. ironman721 - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Russians continue to be the model of class in international play.

    • storosten - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Classy Losers!

  3. joey4id - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Sweden was very sloppy in the first period, and if not for the PP goal it would have been 0-0 after the 1st period. Russia was able to match Sweden pace. Hope Canada will win by a low margin and have to battle all all the way to the last few seconds. A good battle before the gold medal is an excellent way to prep for the final.

    • c9castine - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      or how about lose.

  4. slclions - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    game was over, no time left in the clock….so the fact the Swede left the penalty box doesnt matter, the only thing is if the disciplinary committee judges he fought or was he merrely roughing

  5. alliceishome - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Nothing will come of this, no doubt.

    Of course, if it was a US player, he’d be sitting the next game.
    If it was a Canadian player, he’d be banned for life.

  6. Wineshard - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    ^^^is that supposed to be read in a Yoda voice there Joey?

    • joey4id - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      :-) screwed up that post for sure.

  7. hockeyflow33 - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    The Swedish player didn’t leave the penalty box, this isn’t a men’s league game. He was let out of the box by the penalty box operator but continue to try and frame it so that fighting is the worst thing to ever happen to hockey.

    This wasn’t even a brawl, it was two guys fighting each other with a scrum going on around it.

    • joey4id - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      But! I think the point here is that he get involved in a scrum that started while he was in the box and jumped a guy from behind. I don’t know the IIHF rules enough to assess whether or not he will be suspended, And I agree with you that fighting is not the worst thing to ever happen to hockey. It just old, worn out, and unnecessary. Perhaps Mr. Paros, Barnaby, Thronton, Grimson, and Downie to name a few would like to tell us about their concussions they rc’d from fights.

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