Sweden edges Japan in Sochi Olympics preliminary game
Feb 9, 4:45am EST
SOCHI, Russia -- Sweden beat a determined Japan team 1-0 in their Olympic women's ice hockey opener on Sunday as they aim to resume their role as Winter Games giantkillers.
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The only country to have beaten one of women's hockey superpowers, the United States and Canada, in Olympic competition, Sweden shocked the Americans 3-2 in the semi-finals in Turin in 2006 to claim an unlikely silver medal.
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A hard-fought win over Japan, who were making their first return to the Olympic stage since hosting the 1998 Winter Games, was a cautious first step for the Swedes.