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Sweden beats Norway 4-0 in Olympics, even without Dahlin

Anton Lander, left, of Sweden, shoots a goal against Lars Haugen (30), of Norway, during the first period of the preliminary round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Anton Lander, left, of Sweden, shoots a goal against Lars Haugen (30), of Norway, during the first period of the preliminary round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

GANGNEUNG, Korea, Republic Of — Sweden opened Olympic play with a 4-0 win over Norway on Thursday, even after leaving highly rated young defenceman Rasmus Dahlin on the bench as a healthy scratch.

Linus Omark finished with three assists, including a backhand, no-look pass to set up Par Lindholm's opening goal. Anton Lander made it 2-0 as Sweden dominated the first period.

The Norwegians recorded just one shot in the first, but pushed back in the second. Early in the third, a Norwegian goal was disallowed on review for interference before Sweden sealed the win with two goals in quick succession.

Dennis Everberg made it 3-0 to Sweden with his first touch off the bench off a pass from Omark and then Mikael Wikstrand scored the fourth 22 seconds later, also off an Omark pass.

Sweden goaltender Viktor Fasth faced 17 shots for the first shutout of the Olympic tournament.

Sweden did not play the 17-year-old Dahlin, who is widely considered the favourite for the NHL No. 1 draft pick.

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