Forget the Preakness Stakes. Who would have predicted the Sweden-Switzerland-US trifecta at the men’s world ice hockey championships that concluded Sunday in Stockholm?
No home team had claimed the title since 1986, and the Swedes, who were sixth last year, hadn’t won in seven years. The Swiss, who went unbeaten until the final, hadn’t made the podium since 1953. And the Americans, who handed the Russians their worst defeat (8-3 in the quarterfinals) in tournament history, hadn’t medaled since 2004 and only twice since 1962.