2014 IIHF World Junior Championship

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Ever since Malmo, Sweden was named host of the 2014 World Junior Championship several years ago, Swedish prospects have circled this date on their calendars, hoping they could win gold in front of their countrymen. Those are huge expectations for teenagers to bear.

On Sunday, Washington Capitals prospects Andre Burakovsky and Christian Djoos felt the stinging heartbreak that comes with those expectations being crushed in front of their hometown fans, losing in overtime of the title game. Sweden, which was arguably the most talented team in the tournament, fell to Finland in sudden death after Rasmus Ristolainen took the puck hard to the net and scored.

Many players on Team Sweden openly wept after the buzzer including team captain and former Capitals prospect Filip Forsberg. Forsberg, who was traded for Martin Erat and Michael Latta during last year’s trade deadline, was named MVP of the tournament and also to the tournament All-Star team. Though, judging by the photos, it did little to console him.

Sad Swedes are sad.

2014 IIHF World Junior Championship

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Forsberg and golden goal scorer Ristolainen. (Photo credit: Bildbyran)

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  • Jake Ettawakapow

    Me too :(((((((((((

  • Valtteri Kivinen

    I think you missed this picture. Yay Suomi! via @SVTDusan on twitter

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    … Where in the hell did they find a shopping cart?

  • Gregory

    This was a tough loss for Sverige. It reminded me in some unpleasant ways of following a Caps game, particularly in the second period when, after Sweden tied it 1-1, Finland took the lead back almost immediately. Forsberg was excellent, though, throughout the tournament. I think the Caps should have held on to him.

    The Olympics are not far off. We’ll see who’s crying when the Tre Kronor take the ice again in February!