The defending World Champions got the scoring started halfway through the first period; when Swedish defenseman Erik Karlsson’s point shot got past goaltender Jakub Kovar. Patrik Berglund would add a tally of his own three minutes later.
The second period would begin with more of the same for Sweden; as captain Henrik Zetterberg would score less than a minute into the frame.
That would mark the end of Kovar’s night; as he was replaced in net by Alexander Salak.
Unfortunately for the Czechs, Salak would let in the first shot he faced, and the team found themselves in a four-goal hole on Karlsson’s second tally of the contest.
After that, the Czech Republic made things interesting.
Two minutes later, the ageless Jaromir Jagr brought the deficit to two with a one-handed shot. It appeared that Lundqvist was interfered with by Tomas Plekanec on the play; but much the chagrin of the Swedes, it was upheld upon review.
In the third period, the Czechs continued to attack; outshooting the Swedes 15-5. Henrik Lundqvist proved up to task and cast aside all the shots in the frame, finishing the contest with 27 saves.
"You don't want a game to go perfectly. You want a test," said Lundqvist. "I think it's good for the morale and good for the group here to regroup a little bit."