Backstrom hug

Photo via gfhockey

Team Sweden survived a challenge from Latvia on Saturday, winning 5-3 to finish the preliminary round undefeated. But it wasn’t easy.

In the second period, Sweden actually trailed 2-1 until Nicklas Backstrom and Erik Karlsson connected on another power play goal.

Backstrom, usually the calmest player on the ice after a Caps goal, was ecstatic after Karlsson’s. Nicky skated up and tackle-hugged his fellow Swede to the ice. Daniel Alfredsson, unsure what to do, joined the pig-pile, laying on top his two teammates like a Swedish Lincoln log.

GIF by copperboom

Expressen also captured some terrific photos of the celebration.

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  • Chris

    Now kiss

  • OlietheGoalie

    Nicky may not score, but he is the king of assists. And hugs.

  • Emily Wright

    Swedes: the stackable Scandinavians.

  • nicoley-poley

    how swede it is to be loved by you~

  • MuzzMuzzington

    Nicklas Backstrom doesn’t score goals, he passes the puck into the net.

  • scrubversive

    Karlsson/Caps Bromance at its best. Too bad Greenie couldn’t be on ice for a celebratory cuddle.

  • danny

    I had a feeling y’all would eventually write about the cuddle puddle.

  • Rob W.

    I wonder if Ovi is jealous

  • Diller M

    Packed flat in the box so you can get it home in the trunk of your Prius!

  • seandlax9

    Our players need to stop hugging Karlsson

  • Bo

    sign nicky to the ‘skins.