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After learning of the loss of Zetterberg, Sweden responds to shutout the Swiss

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Prior to their matchup Friday against Switzerland, the Swedish hockey team was dealt a significant blow; as they announced that they would be without the services of captain Henrik Zetterberg for the remainder of the tournament.

Suffering from a herniated disk, it originally appeared that Zetterberg would be day-to-day with the injury, but after being examined by team doctor Bjorn Waldeback, it was clear that he could not continue to play.

"In this situation it was no tough decision as this was no borderline case," said Waldeback. "For people who know medicine it is obvious that this couldn't continue.”

Forced to go on without both their captain and a top line forward (the second they have lost), Sweden responded against a tough Swiss team; playing stout defensively for a 1-0 win.

Added as an alternate captain due to the Zetterberg injury; Daniel Alfredsson scored the only goal of the contest with 7:21 remaining in the third period. The goal marked the first Switzerland had allowed in the tournament; as they shut out Latvia in their first game.

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, however, was the real difference in the game. The 31-year-old Swedish netminder cast aside all 26 shots mustered by the Swiss. Lundqvist was a calming presence for the sloppy Swedes, who seemed to be taken off-guard by the face-paced attack of Switzerland.

"I was a little bit surprised about how good they are and especially the last few years, how much they’ve improved," said Lundqvist. "They play an intense, high-tempo, smart game.

The win guaranteed Sweden a spot in the quarterfinals, as they now sit atop of group C with a record of 2-0.

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