Tomas Tatar scored twice, including the overtime winner, as Team Europe stunned Sweden with a 3-2 victory in the semifinal at the World Cup of Hockey on Sunday.
Tatar kicked the puck to his skate and put a shot past a sprawling Henrik Lundqvist at 3:43 of the extra period. It was ruled a good goal after a quick video review, earning Europe a berth in the best-of-three final against Canada beginning on Tuesday.
It was not the first time Team Europe has stunned an opponent at the best-on-best tournament. The team, made up of players from eight separate countries, opened the World Cup of Hockey with a surprising 3-0 win over the Americans.
Karlsson’s point shot, which appeared to redirect off of European defenceman Roman Josi, beat a screened Halak with 4:32 remaining in the third to tie the game 2-2 and force overtime.
Tatar gave Europe its first lead of the afternoon 12 seconds into the third period, picking up his own rebound, which Lundqvist mishandled, and beating the New York Rangers goaltender for his first of the tournament.
Thomas Vanek nearly made it 3-1 midway through the third after his shot got past Lundqvist, but Anton Stralman was there to clear the puck before it crossed the goal line.
The two teams were tied 1-1 after 40 minutes.
Backstrom opened the scoring, putting home the rebound off of Stralman’s shot for his second of the tournament at 2:31 of the second.
Team Europe challenged that Patric Hornqvist was interfering with Halak prior to the puck going in, but after a review, it was ruled a good goal.
Gaborik tied it 1-1 with 3:33 remaining in the second, redirecting a Christian Ehrhoff feed between the legs of Lundqvist for his second goal of the tournament.
Hornqvist had an excellent chance to open the scoring 15 seconds in, but was denied by the left toe of Halak.
Anze Kopitar had the best chance of the opening period for Europe. With 49 seconds remaining, Kopitar’s shot hit Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman and nearly got under the arm of Lundqvist, who got just enough of the shot to make the save.