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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IHLC Results – Czechia 2-1 Russia – 10 Nov 2012

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🇨🇿 Czechia 2-1 Russia 🇷🇺
Karjala Tournament
Turkuhalli, Turku 🇫🇮
Saturday, 10 November 2012

BOXSCORE
1st Period
03:52 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Krejčík, tripping
07:40 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Plotnikov, interference
08:45 – 🇨🇿 PP GOAL – Irgl
16:23 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Denisov, interference
17:38 – 🇨🇿 PP GOAL – Tlustý (Irgl)
18:42 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Tlustý, hooking
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IHLC Results – Czechia 2-1 Finland – 30 Apr 2003

🇨🇿 Czechia 2-1 Finland 🇫🇮
World Championship Preliminary Round
Elysée Arena, Turku 🇫🇮
Wednesday, 30 April 2003

BOXSCORE
1st Period
04:44 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Vašíček, hooking
11:08 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Sup, tripping
11:48 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Duda, elbowing
14:36 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Eloranta, boarding
15:44 – 🇫🇮 SH GOAL – Peltonen (Timonen)
15:51 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Kallio, tripping
17:54 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Straka, holding
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IHLC Results – Sweden 4-1 Norway – 29 Apr 1997

🇸🇪 Sweden 4-1 Norway 🇳🇴
World Championship Preliminary Round
Elysée Arena, Turku 🇫🇮
Tuesday, 29 April 1997

BOXSCORE
1st Period
03:55 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Ragnarsson, charging
12:02 – 🇳🇴 PEN – Ø. Olsen, slashing
14:32 – 🇳🇴 EA GOAL – Mats Trygg
17:16 – 🇳🇴 PEN – Nørstebø, holding
18:32 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Ragnarsson, hooking
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IHLC Results – Sweden 7-2 Canada – 27 Apr 1997

🇸🇪 Sweden 7-2 Canada 🇨🇦
World Championship Preliminary Round
Elysée Arena, Turku 🇫🇮
Sunday, 27 April 1997

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:49 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Ragnarsson, cross checking
01:20 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Gratton, cross checking
04:28 – 🇸🇪 GOAL – Albelin (Carlsson, Svartvadet)
06:55 – 🇸🇪 GOAL – Nylander (Eklund)
09:26 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Evason, holding
09:26 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Svensson, hooking
10:18 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Green, high sticking
12:39 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Primeau, charging
15:03 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Green, slashing
19:38 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Johansson, tripping
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