IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden 3-2 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (SO) – 27 Feb 1994

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden 3-2 Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย (SO)
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Hรฅkons Hall, Lillehammer ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
Sunday, 27 February 1994

In Sweden, this is one of the most replayed sports highlights on television. Peter Forsberg was only 20 years old when he pulled the most daring move on Canadaโ€™s goaltender Corey Hirsch in the Olympic Gold medal game in Lillehammer in 1994. A classic sports moment which became immortalized on a stamp.

The 1994 Gold medal game at the Olympics in Lillehammer came down to a shootout between Canada and Sweden. Canada had been to the final game two years earlier, at the 1992 Olympics, only to lose 3-1 to Russia, and it was seeking its first Gold medal since 1952. Sweden had prior to Lillehammer never won Olympic hockey Gold and last time they came close was in 1964, when they grabbed the Silver.

After 60 minutes, the game stood at 2-2, and another ten minutes of overtime failed to break the tie. In the shootout, both teams scored twice on their first four of five shots, leaving the last shooter for each side to determine who would win Olympic Gold.

First up was Peter Forsberg, the 20-year old “wunderkind” of Swedish hockey, who already at that tender age was considered as one of the best players in the world. Forsberg would the next season sign his first NHL contract, with the Quรฉbec Nordiques.

What happened five seconds later became one of the most famous images in the history of international hockey and a defining moment in Swedish sports history.

Forsberg skated in on goalie Corey Hirsch, moved left to his forehand and then slid the puck to his backhand. With one hand on the stick and the goalie sliding toward Forsberg, the player calmly slid the puck into the open side of the net. It was the most daring, exciting shootout goal in Olympic history, and after Tommy Salo made a great save on Paul Kariya at the other end, Sweden had claimed its first ever Olympic Gold.

Two photographers caught the goal from directly above Hirsch. Gary Hershorn of Reuters clicked his shutter just as “Foppa” released the puck, and Al Behrman of the Associated Press did the same a split second later, after the puck had slid under Hirschโ€™s arm and was just inches from crossing the goal line.

Behrmanโ€™s shot became the “photo.” The Swedish Post took Hershornโ€™s shot to make the famous stamp of the historic goal. But there is a slight difference in the philatelic representation of the play. Corey Hirsch is wearing number 11, not 1, and his sweater is blue, not red. When he was asked permission for his likeness to be used, Hirsch was so embarrassed by the goal that he declined, a decision he regretted a short time later. Forsberg, of course, had no trouble agreeing.

1st Period
05:44 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Astley, hooking
06:10 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PP GOAL – Jonsson (Loob, Forsberg)
16:58 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Rohlin, high sticking
19:39 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Salo, delay of game

2nd Period
24:17 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Jonsson, unsportsmanlike conduct
24:17 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Hlushko, unsportsmanlike conduct
29:11 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Schreiber, slashing
31:46 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN –ย Johansson, holding
33:37 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Savage, hooking
37:38 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN –ย Svensson, holding

3rd Period
49:08 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Kariya (Kontos, Johnson)
51:43 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Mayer
57:50 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Werenka, hooking
58:11 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย PP GOAL – Svensson (Forsberg, Jonsson)


๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Nedvฤ›d scored
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย Loob stopped
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Kariya scored
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Svensson scored
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Norris stopped
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Nรคslund stopped
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Parks stopped
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Forsberg scored
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Johnson stopped
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Hansson stopped
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Svensson stopped
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Nedvฤ›d stopped
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Forsberg scored
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Kariya stopped

W: ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย Salo (19-21)
L: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Hirsch (40-43)

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช 6+16+16+4+1 =ย 43
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 7+6+6+2+0 =ย 21

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Goaltenders: Hรฅkan Algotsson, Tommy Salo, Michael Sundlรถv. Defence: Christian Due-Boje, Roger Johansson, Tomas Jonsson (A), Kenny Jรถnsson, Leif Rohlin, Fredrik Stillman, Magnus Svensson. Forwards: Charles Berglund (C), Jonas Bergqvist (A), Andreas Dackell, Niklas Eriksson, Peter Forsberg, Roger Hansson, Patrik Juhlin, Jรถrgen Jรถnsson, Patric Kjellberg, Hรฅkan Loob, Mats Nรคslund, Daniel Rydmark, Stefan ร–rnskog.
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Corey Hirsch, Manny Legace, Allain Roy. Defence: Mark Astley, Adrian Aucoin, David Harlock, Ken Lovsin, Derek Mayer (A), Brad Schlegel (A), Chris Therien, Brad Werenka. Forwards: Todd Hlushko, Greg Johnson, Fabian Joseph (C), Paul Kariya, Chris Kontos, Petr Nedvฤ›d, Dwayne Norris, Greg Parks, Jean-Yves Roy, Brian Savage, Wallace Schreiber, Todd Warriner.

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWEDEN (C) vs. CANADA ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
current champion
25 Feb 1994)
Last Title
13 Nov 1991
91 All-Time Wins
10 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 4 ties)
29 wins
First IHLC Meeting (SWE vs. CAN)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 12-1 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 26 Apr 1920 โ€“ OG โ€“ Antwerp ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ…
Previous IHLC Meeting (SWE vs. CAN)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 3-1 SWE ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 24 Apr 1990 โ€“ WC โ€“ Bern ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWE 4-3 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 25 Feb 1994 โ€“ OG โ€“ Lillehammer ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWE 1-1 NOR ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด โ€“ 11 Apr 1994 โ€“ EX โ€“ Gjรธvik ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

Article Credit: IIHF 100 Top Stories Of The Century
Photo Credit: USA Today –ย IIHFHHOFIOC



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