Despite Lead, Sweden Letting Germany Hang Around

Team Sweden is far superior to Team Germany, and if you were to tell a fan of the club that they'd only have 16 shots on the Germans through two periods, they'd be highly disappointed. The Swedes have the lead, but they're allowing Germany to stick close in this game. Two mistakes and we could have a tie game, and for Sweden, that's just unacceptable.

They largely controlled the second period after a pretty even first, and they should be okay if they can continue the same upward trend. Against one of the better teams in the tournament, though, this kind of performance won't fly. Sweden should be grateful that they're playing a weaker team in this first matchup.

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