The only country to have beaten one of women's hockey superpowers, the United States and Canada, in Olympic competition, Sweden shocked the Americans 3-2 in the semi-finals in Turin in 2006 to claim an unlikely silver medal.
A hard-fought win over Japan, who were making their first return to the Olympic stage since hosting the 1998 Winter Games, was a cautious first step for the Swedes.
Swedish netminder Valentina Wallner made 19 saves to collect the shutout and captain Jenni Asserholt scored the only goal.
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