In Friday’s 7-3 loss to Russia, Sweden lost one of their more valuable assets when Johan Franzen’s nose broke after taking a cross check to the face from Dmitri Kalinin.
The incident occurred late in the third period in a battle for the puck in front of Russia’s net. After being hit from behind, Franzen was then smoked in the face by Kalinin’s stick. Franzen was immediately brought his hands to his face and collapsed down to the ice, clearly in a lot of pain.
Despite the loss of Kalinin, Russia cruised to victory over sweden as they were lead by Evgeni Malkin. With three goals and two assists, Malkin lead all skaters with points in the game and has followed up a successful NHL season with great play in the World Championships thus far.
Franzen should return for the remainder of the tournament, however, he was scratched for Saturday’s 4-0 shutout against Italy.
Check out the video below for a full look at Kalinin’s cross check to the face of Johan Franzen. Should he receive any disciplinary action for this hit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.