Eriksson scores for Sweden! Bruins fans everywhere rejoice (unless you’re part of the Bruins-Finland demographic).
So far, the Bruins have had an interesting Sochi Winter Olympics, as their five representatives have had varying experiences. Zdeno Chara could not help carry Slovakia to a high finish, though Bruins fans are probably secretly okay with that, safe in the knowledge that Chara got through the games without getting hurt, and can now rest for a few extra days. The opposite was probably hoped for 28-year-old winger Loui Eriksson.
The Swede joined Boston as one of the centerpieces in the Tyler Seguin trade last summer, coming to the Bruins from the Dallas Stars. Whereas Chara is an established quality, who is simply trying to maintain his prime, Eriksson’s first season in Boston has been plagued by injuries.
As a result, it’s probably a good thing for him to get some international momentum going as he heads into the upcoming homestretch of the NHL season following the end of the Olympics. And Eriksson appears to be doing just that, having notched the tying goal for Sweden against their Scandanavian rivals, Finland, in the Olympic men’s semifinals.
Sweden ended up winning, 2-1, to advance to Sunday’s gold medal game, where they will play the winner of USA vs. Canada.
Oh, and it wasn’t Tuukka Rask that he scored on, in case you were wondering. Apparently, he was sick.