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Kronwall is the new captain of Team Sweden, he will have to set the tone going forward.
Sweden is one of the best teams in the tournament, but it was obvious that it looked at this like just some throwaway game up in Rochester. Latvia played hard, was tenacious and scored three goals on 23 shots.
During the broadcast Pierre McGuire mentioned a few instances where Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues would take umbridge after watching the game. Patrik Berglund, a center for the Blues, was weak on the puck and was directly responsible for one of the goals.
This was just one instance, but there were other situations in which Sweden was off its game.
Sweden was victorious, but scored four of its five goals on the power play. Some of the better teams in the tournament such as Canada, Russia and the United States are more disciplined, so Sweden needs to find ways to score at even strength.
The team has suffered terrible injuries that have resulted in the losses of Henrik Sedin, Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg, but it has the firepower to win a gold medal.
Sweden needs to put this game in the rear-view mirror and prepare for its final group game. Its effort against Latvia won't cut it against the stronger teams in the tournament.