Sweden beats Norway 4-0 in Olympics, even without Dahlin

Anton Lander, third from left, of Sweden, talks to his teammates after scoring a goal against Norway during the first period of the preliminary round

Anton Lander, third from left, of Sweden, talks to his teammates after scoring a goal against Norway during the first period of the preliminary round

Anton Lander, left, of Sweden, shoots a goal against Lars Haugen (30), of Norway, during the first period of the preliminary round of the men's hockey

Anton Lander, left, of Sweden, shoots a goal against Lars Haugen (30), of Norway, during the first period of the preliminary round of the men's hockey

Goalie Lars Haugen (30), of Norway, reacts after giving up a goal to Par Lindholm, of Sweden, during the first period of the preliminary round of the

Goalie Lars Haugen (30), of Norway, reacts after giving up a goal to Par Lindholm, of Sweden, during the first period of the preliminary round of the

Viktor Stalberg (25), of Sweden, and Henrik Odegaard (42), of Norway, battle for the puck during the first period of the preliminary round of the men'

Viktor Stalberg (25), of Sweden, and Henrik Odegaard (42), of Norway, battle for the puck during the first period of the preliminary round of the men'

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Sweden opened Olympic play with a 4-0 win over Norway on Thursday, even after leaving highly rated young defenseman Rasmus Dahlin on the bench as a healthy scratch.

Linus Omark finished with three assists, including a backhand, no-look pass to set up Par Lindholm's opening goal. Anton Lander made it 2-0 as Sweden dominated the first period.

The Norwegians recorded just one shot in the first, but pushed back in the second. Early in the third, a Norwegian goal was disallowed on review for interference before Sweden sealed the win with two goals in quick succession.

Dennis Everberg made it 3-0 to Sweden with his first touch off the bench off a pass from Omark and then Mikael Wikstrand scored the fourth 22 seconds later, also off an Omark pass.

Sweden goaltender Viktor Fasth faced 17 shots for the first shutout of the Olympic tournament.

Sweden did not play the 17-year-old Dahlin, who is widely considered the favorite for the NHL No. 1 draft pick.

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