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Watch Karjala Cup online now (Forsberg in action)

November 5, 2009, 1:41 PM ET [ Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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Click here to watch Peter Forsberg join Team Sweden for the Karjala Cup tournament opener today against the Czech Republic. The game starts at 1:30 PM eastern US time.

Former Detroit Red Wings standout Jiri Hudler (Dynamo Moscow, KHL) is by far the most prominent player on Team Czech Republic. The lineup up front also features NHL bust Pavel Brendl (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, KHL), Jiri Novotny (Atlant Mytishi, KHL), Jaroslav Bednar (HC Slavia Prague, Czech Extraliga), Jan Hlavac (Linkopings HC, Elitserien), Jan Bulis (Atlant Mytishi), Jakub Klepis (Avangard Omsk) and Petr Hubacek (HC Vitkovice, Czech Extraliga). The defense will be led by Filip Novak (Dynamo Riga, KHL) and Josef Melichar (HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice, Czech Extraliga).

On Team Sweden, Forsberg is joined by P-J Axelsson, who spent 11 years with the Boston Bruins prior to signing with Frolunda (his original team). Other notable veterans with NHL or North American minor league experience include goaltenders Mikael Tellqvist and Stefan Liv, defensemen Marcus Ragnarsson (Djurgardens IF, Elitserien), Dick Tarnstrom (AIK Stockholm of minor league Allsvenskan), Christian Backman (Frolunda) and Daniel Tjarnqvist (Lokotomiv Yaroslavl) as well as forwards Mattias Weinhandl (Dynamo Moscow) and Marcus Nilson (Djurgarden). More intriguing is the inclusion of some of Sweden's top young players, including Edmonton Oilers prospect Linus Omark (Dynamo Moscow), Tampa Bay Lightning hopeful Johan Harju (Dynamo Moscow) and San Jose Sharks draftee Patrik Zackrisson (Linkopings HC, Elitserien).

In today's other tournament game, Finland took on Russia. The host Finns grabbed an early 3-0 lead only to see the Russians rally all the way back to tie the game late in the third period. Russia prevailed in a shootout on a game-winner by former Pittsburgh Penguins winger Alexei Morozov.
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