Lillehammer ’94 : Forsberg’s Phenomenal Golden Goal

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One of the most dramatic and pressure-packed goals in the annals of the ice hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics coincided with the Gold Medal Match between Canada and Sweden at the 1994 Lillehammer Games in Norway. 

After MAGNUS SVENSSON (8) scored on a blast for Sweden from the point on the power play with less than two minutes remaining, the game itself ended in a 2-2 draw. Ten minutes of overtime produced nothing and so a shootout was required to resolve matters. Even after five rounds of a shootout, which included a goal by the defenseman Svensson, the score still stood deadlocked.

And so in the seventh round up stepped Sweden’s PETER FORSBERG (21). The 20-year-old Mo Do Ornskoldsvik star, who had provided Svensson the drop pass for his tying-goal and also had already tallied in the shootout’s first round, promptly secured his name in the Olympic history books with a most spectacular and skillful one-handed goal that defies description :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3yNIuoUjfk

Another “live” television broadcast view of Forsberg’s golden goal opposite Canadian netminder COREY HIRSCH, this interesting footage shot from behind the goal. 

Also including in this clip is the Canadian second round follow-up attempt from PAUL KARIYA, who had scored to put Canada ahead 2-1 in the third period of regulation play. Again from vantage point of behind the goal, the University of Maine All-America’s shot is turned away as Sweden goalie TOMMY SALO goes down early and stacks his pads :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5sEzu1njoA&feature=related

Sweden celebrated the first Olympic gold medal in their country’s history with the triumph at Lillehammer in 1994 and, ultimately, Forsberg’s goal was commemorated with a Swedish postage stamp.

Technically, Forsberg’s historic shootout goal is not included in the former Philadelphia Fyers 1991 first round pick’s scoring totals in Norway. Forsberg, who had six assists in eight games at Lillehammer, scored his lone goal for the tournament in Sweden’s 7-1 round-robin victory over France.

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Interesting to note with this year’s Olympics being held where they are that Canada’s Lillehammer ’94 goaltender COREY HIRSCH played 101 National Hockey League games between the 1995-96 and 1998-99 seasons for the Vancouver Canucks.

STEVE KARIYA, Paul’s brother and another University of Maine product, played 65 NHL games (9 go 18 as) for the Vancouver Canucks between 1999-2000 and 2001-02.

LEIF ROHLIN, a 1988 2nd round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, was on the 1994 Lillehammer gold medal squad for Sweden. Rohlin later played two seasons for Vancouver in the NHL.

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