Alfie disappointed, Nick done


VANCOUVER Daniel Alfredsson couldnt hide his disappointment.

Niklas Lidstrom revealed this will be his last Olympics.

Sweden, the defending gold-medal champs and pre-tournament favourites, was ousted by the Slovaks in their quarterfinal game Wednesday night.

Not even the prospect of returning to Ottawa and his red-hot Senators could lift Alfredsson in the wake of the 4-3 loss to the Slovaks Wednesday.

Its going to take a few days (to get over it), no question, said Alfredsson. I thought definitely we would have a chance to play for the medals. Ill take a few days off and get back to practise, but its really frustrating right now.

It is really close. We thought we were the better team, but we knew we had to work hard for it. We put ourselves in a tough spot with the start we had, very hesitant. We let them dictate. We couldnt manage to get the puck through the neutral zone very well at all. We worked ourselves back in the game. We make a game of it in the third, but cant make the final push.

Lidstrom, the 39-year-old Swedish captain, said, Im not going to be part of any more Olympic as a player.

Weve seen the last of forward Peter Forsberg, too.

MIDNIGHT OIL: Canada will be playing late in the East with a 6:30 p.m. PST start here, 9:30 p.m. EST. Canada was always going to be getting the game closest to prime time in the East as long as they lasted in the tournament as that is what CTV, the television rights holders, want. During the preliminary round, when three games a day had to be held at GM Place, Canada got the middle game (4:30 p.m. PST). Canada gets the late game Friday right after the final of womens curling. The USA and Finland play their semifinal at noon Friday.