Henrik Sedin fired two goals and an assist to help lead Sweden to a massive 5-1 win over Switzerland on Sunday to capture the World Hockey Championship.
While the score wound up lopsided, for the majority of this contest, the game felt close.
In fact, it looked like it might be Switzerland who ran away with this one as Switzerland's Roman Josi opened up the scoring in just the fifth minute when he launched a backhand past keeper Jhonas Enroth.
However, Sweden battled back with two goals before the first period was to end the second with a 2-1 lead. TSN's Nabil Karim tweeted this pic of the second goal.
Nabil Karim @NabilKarimTSN
Cool pic via @asurso: Henrik Sedin sets up Loui Eriksson for Sweden's 2nd goal in the semis vs Finland at WHC #TSN http://t.co/NwcaVSga9X2013-5-18 14:29:29
Still, it was the Swiss side which was more aggressive in the first period. They outshot their counterparts 10-7 in the first.
Sweden flipped the script in the second period as they began to take control and they outshot Switzerland 10-7 in the second. Neither team received anything to show for their efforts, though, as the second passed in scoreless fashion.
This sent the match into a decisive third period with Sweden leading 2-1.
This is when Sweden really took over as they took advantage of an overaggressive Switzerland team that had won all nine of their previous games in this tournament and netted three more goals.
Along with Sedin, Simon Hjalmarrson, Erik Gustafsson and Loui Eriksson also scored for Sweden as the host team pleased the home fans and ended a serious drought in the process.
TSN's Marc Crawford explains:
Marc Crawford @CroMarcCrawford
Congrats to Team Sweden. They delivered Gold on home soil 1st time in 27 years that has happened. Led by Daniel and Henrik Sedin 5-1 final2013-5-19 21:26:35
Henrik Sedin was the main spark for Sweden in this game, and he was since his arrival with the team. He played just four games after he finished his season with the Canucks, but he earned nine points in those four games.
Sedin's performance can't completely overshadow the performance of Jhonas Enroth. The Buffalo Sabres goalie made 26 saves in the championship game, and he was lights out after allowing the goal in the fifth minute.
In all, it was thoroughly dominant performance by Sweden as they peaked at the right time, and they've got the championship to show for it.