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Swedish Fans Celebrate Ice Hockey World Title

posted 20 May 2013, 06:52 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 20 May 2013, 06:53 ]

Thousands of people gather in central Stockholm to celebrate the newly crowned ice hockey world champions - Sweden.

STOCKHOLMSWEDEN (MAY 20, 2013) (REUTERS) - Thousands of fans celebrated in Stockholm on Monday (May 20) after Sweden ice hockey team swept aside Switzerland 5-1 in the final to become the first team since 1986 to win the world championship on home ice on Sunday (May 19).

Fans - young and old - packed out Kungstradgarden to see their heroes.

"I'm here with my pre-school class. We love hockey so we thought it was a fabulous idea to go here to see the players," she said.

"Celebrating the world championship for Sweden. It's great," said Anders Svensson who had taken his son Rasmus to see the heroes in the sunshine.

Fire man Jonas Lindau, who had missed parts of Sunday's (May 19) match because of a fire said he wanted to pay his respects.

"I want to watch the heroes, the Swedish goal heroes and give them my tribute, my respect," he said.

The Swedes' victory snapped a nine-game winning streak that carried the unfancied Swiss all the way to their first final since 1935.

The Swedes were made to work hard in the beginning and fell behind in the fifth minute but afterwards they started to get to grips with the Swiss pressure and equalised and then finished the first period ahead with 2-1.

The second period was a stalemate with no goals and with both sides enjoying periods of dominance.

The Swiss started the third period strongly and looked like getting back into the game, but the Swedes made no mistakes and won 5-1.

United States secured the bronze medal earlier in the day as they beat Finland 3-2 after a shootout.