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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 ET / 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 MTL 74 46 20 8 195 162 100
2 NYR 72 46 19 7 219 167 99
3 TBL 74 46 21 7 242 191 99
4 NYI 74 44 25 5 226 205 93
5 PIT 73 40 22 11 202 181 91
6 DET 72 39 21 12 208 195 90
7 WSH 73 39 24 10 212 180 88
8 OTT 72 37 24 11 212 190 85
9 BOS 73 36 25 12 193 190 84
10 FLA 73 33 26 14 180 201 80
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 73 31 31 11 164 186 73
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 72 26 36 10 165 199 62
15 TOR 74 27 41 6 193 237 60
16 BUF 73 20 46 7 138 245 47

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 70 12 32 5 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 72 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 68 13 24 -6 37
B. Boyes 71 12 23 9 35
A. Ekblad 72 11 24 8 35
J. Hayes 63 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 62 12 15 -4 27
B. Campbell 73 3 20 -1 23
B. Pirri 40 18 2 4 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 17 11 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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