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World Championship

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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 62 22 15 -8 37
J. Jokinen 61 6 28 -1 34
J. Huberdeau 59 9 24 2 33
A. Ekblad 62 9 23 8 32
B. Boyes 60 10 21 8 31
J. Jagr 58 11 18 -11 29
J. Hayes 53 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 62 3 19 3 22
A. Barkov 51 9 12 -6 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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