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Sweden, Switzerland To Play For Gold

Teams earn identical 3-0 victories in semis to move on.

Saturday, 05.18.2013 / 4:40 PM / World Championship
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Sweden, Switzerland To Play For Gold

The Championship game is set and it was similar results that has Sweden and Switzerland playing for World Championship gold on Sunday. Both teams earned 3-0 shutout victories over Finland and the United States respectively Saturday in Stockholm.

The Finns and Americans will look to rebound and end their tournaments on a high note as they play for bronze prior to the big showdown.

SWEDEN 3 - FINLAND 0

In the early game in Stockholm, Tre Kroner received two power play goals from Dallas' Loui Eriksson and a late empty netter from Henrik Sedin and were propelled by the play of Buffalo's Jhonas Enroth to earn the shutout win.

Finland and Sweden had the shots going early as they combined for 23 shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes. Enroth was strong however in making 12 of his 30 saves in the first. Antti Raanta was good just as well but Eriksson gave the Swedes a lead 10:33 in 43 seconds into a power play.

It took 1:07 of another power play chance in the second period for Eriksson to strike once again, this time scoring with 3:47 to play in the period.

Sedin, who set up Eriksson on both of his goals, cemented the win with the empty netter with 23 seconds left on the clock as Eriksson also picked up his third point of the game with the main helper.

While Enroth was spectacular in goal, the Swedes were good on the ice in front of him. In the power play market, they killed off two straight penalties in the opening period before not being whistled the rest of the way.

Jacob Markstrom served as Enroth's backup for the game.

SWITZERLAND 3 - UNITED STATES 0

The Swiss' unbeaten streak ran up another one and with a win on Sunday would close out a perfect World Championship for the country.

Switzerland certainly has been impressive all tournament long knocking off hockey powers such as Sweden, Canada and on Saturday, the United States. They dominated the opening period, outshooting the US 18-9 but thanks to 19-year old John Gibson it was a scoreless 20 minutes.

It would take a little more than half the game before the Swiss got on the board with what would turn out to be the game-winner. There, Islanders prospect Nino Niederreiter outwaited Gibson after receiving the pass from M Pluss on a two-on-one break before putting it top shelf with 9:59 left in the frame.

The reason it would be the game-winner? That came in large part due to Reto Berra. The Swiss netminder stopped nine in the first, seven in the second before posting 13 stops in the third with the US pressing for the equalizer.

With less than 10 minutes to play in the game, Julian Walker gave Switzerland some breathing room and the Swiss added an empty netter by Reto Suri with 19 seconds remaining.

Nick Bjugstad finished with one shot on net on 9:01 and was on the ice for two of Switzerland's goals.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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