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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 45 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 45 6 21 5 27
J. Huberdeau 42 8 17 1 25
J. Jokinen 44 4 21 -2 25
B. Boyes 43 10 11 2 21
J. Hayes 37 13 7 -1 20
S. Bergenheim 34 7 9 1 16
A. Barkov 34 5 9 -5 14
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 11 8 .920 2.43
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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