IHLC Classics: Sundin’s Dagger Brings Down The Red Machine

From time to time, TheIHLC.com will feature detailed recaps and boxscores of some of the most legendary games in international hockey history, considered to be “IHLC Classics.” Today, in honour of Swedish Sveriges nationaldag (National Day), we feature their shocking World Championship Gold medal from 1991, which saw them win their fifth world title, marking the end of the Iron Curtain regime in international hockey.


🇸🇪 Sweden 2-1 Soviet Union 🇷🇺
World Championship Final Round
Elysée Arena, Turku 🇫🇮
Saturday, 04 May 1991

With the flip of a backhand on Soviet goaltender Andrei Trefilov, the go-ahead goal from young Swedish prodigy Mats Sundin marked the end of the era of Iron Curtain dominance in international hockey, as Tre Kronor‘s unlikely savior notched Sweden their fifth World Championship title in what would be the Soviet Union’s final Worlds appearance, capturing the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
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