How many did you make?
Now it was left, do or die, to Kariya, who decided to go back to Plan A—firing high to the glove hand. Kariya, however, didn't shoot high enough and Salo stacked his pads. The puck bounced away, and the Swedes exploded in celebration.
For such a touted talent, Forsberg had made little impression at the Games until he broke out with three assists in a 4-3 semifinal victory against Russia. "For the first time," Naslund said of his teammate, "he proved to me that he's not only a promising player but he's ready to play in big games."
But while Forsberg proved his mettle in the shoot-out, what did the shoot-out prove to the hockey world? Nordique president Marcel Aubut, who was in Lillehammer to watch his Swedish investment, is a staunch advocate of the shoot-out for NHL games—in the regular season only. "What happened here," said Aubut, "is going to encourage opposition to the shoot-out. People are afraid the Stanley Cup will be decided that way, even though I tell them, no, not in the playoffs."
No matter how you package it, the shoot-out may be a hard sell in Canada for some time to come.