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Winberg, Lundberg carry Sweden past Korea

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Team Sweden’s four-goal first-period outburst led to dominating 8-0 victory against Team Korea Sunday.

Pernilla Winberg had two goals and an assist, Elin Lundberg scored her first Olympic goal as Sweden improved to 2-0-0 in the preliminary round.

Sarah Grahn made 19 saves as she picked up her second win of the tournament.

Korea skated with confidence and created several scoring opportunities but were simply outmatched against the superior Swedish squad.

"We came out really strong," Winberg said. "I think we did a good job, worked every shift really hard."

Maja Nylen Persson got the party started for Sweden with a power-play goal four minutes into the first period. With Lisa Johansson driving to the net and Anna Borgqvist screening the Korean goaltender, Persson was able to fire a wrist shot into the back of the net. Emmy Alasalmi assisted on the play.

Lundberg doubled Sweden’s lead when she launched a slap shot from the point at 9:47 of the opening frame. It was Lundberg’s first career Olympic goal. Lundberg also added two assists later in the contest.

Just 30 seconds later, Sweden made it 3-0 when Johanna Fallman hammered home a one-timer. Fanny Rask circled the net and delivered a pretty backhand pass to set up Fallman.

At 17:04 of the opening frame, Erica Uden Johansson buried her own rebound to extend Sweden’s lead to 4-0.

Sweden struck quickly again as Emma Nordin and Winberg scored 36 seconds apart in the third period, before Rebecca Stenberg added a goal of her own

Team Sweden may have picked up an easy victory, but the players still praised their inexperienced opponents.

"I think they've been doing great work these past years since they knew they were going to play in this tournament," Johansson said. "They're on the way to something good here."

Having already clinched a spot in the quarterfinals, Sweden concludes pool play against Switzerland at 2:40 a.m. on Feb. 14th.

Korea was eliminated from medal contention with the loss and will seek its first-ever Olympic victory against Japan on Feb. 14th at 7:10 a.m.

Oliver Jung contributed to this report

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