Sweden opened Olympic play with a 4-0 win over Norway on Thursday, even after leaving highly rated young defenseman Rasmus Dahlin on the bench as a healthy scratch.
Linus Omark finished with three assists, including a backhand, no-look pass to set up Par Lindholm's opening goal. Anton Lander made it 2-0 as Sweden dominated the first period.
The Norwegians recorded just one shot in the first, but pushed back in the second. Early in the third, a Norwegian goal was disallowed on review for interference before Sweden sealed the win with two goals in quick succession.
Dennis Everberg made it 3-0 to Sweden with his first touch off the bench off a pass from Omark and then Mikael Wikstrand scored the fourth 22 seconds later, also off an Omark pass.
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Sweden goaltender Viktor Fasth faced 17 shots for the first shutout of the Olympic tournament.
Sweden did not play the 17-year-old Dahlin, who is widely considered the favorite for the NHL No. 1 draft pick.
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