MALMO, SWEDEN - The Swedes are a victory away from becoming the 2014 world junior champions on home soil.
Sweden beat Russia 2-1 in a semifinal Saturday, and will play Finland in the gold-medal game Sunday.
Sweden, which got silver last year and won gold two years ago in Calgary, will try to become the first European country to be crowned world junior champions at home since 1998, when Finland won it in Helsinki.
Before the Swedes knew their opponent, it didn’t matter who would be lining up on the other side.
“No, I don’t think so,” Sweden forward Andre Burakowsky said. “We are playing a hell of a tournament so far, and if the other team is going to beat us, it has to play the game of their lives.”