Swedes rout Swiss to claim gold at world hockey championship

Sweden's players pose for pictures with the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship trophy after...

Sweden's players pose for pictures with the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship trophy after their victory over Switzerland at the Globe Arena in Stockholm May 19, 2013. (REUTERS)

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The clock struck midnight on Switzerland as their fairytale run at the world hockey championship came to a halt in Sunday’s gold-medal game.

The Swiss fell 5-1 to hosts Sweden, their first defeat of the tournament.

Roman Josi opened the scoring at 4:45 into the first period to give Switzerland the lead. But from then on, it was all Sweden.

Erik Gustafsson tied the game at 8:42 of the first and Henrik Sedin gave Sweden the lead for good at 11:38 with a power-play goal.

Simon Hjalmarsson and Loui Eriksson scored for Sweden in the third period while Sedin added an empty-netter.

Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves in the win.

The win marks Sweden’s ninth world championship as they became the first host nation to win the tournament since the Soviet Union in 1986.

Switzerland’s loss wasn’t all bad. The second-place finish gives them their first medal at a major international tournament since winning bronze at the 1953 world championship. It also matches their best result, a silver at the 1935 tournament.

USA CLAIMS BRONZE

A late rally by Finland forced overtime and a shootout in Sunday’s bronze-medal game at the world championship, but the U.S. came out on top with a 3-2 victory.

Lauri Korpikoski scored twice in the third period to give his team hope, but Alex Galchenyuk buried the Finns with two goals of his own in the shootout to secure the win in Stockholm.

“It feels great. This is my fourth time playing for Team USA, and I hadn’t gotten a medal (until now),” T.J. Oshie told IIHF.com. “Obviously we wanted it to be gold, but that’s not going to take any excitement away from winning this.”

Craig Smith and Paul Stastny scored in the first period for the U.S.

“It’s tough. They wanted it, we wanted it,” said Ossi Vaananen. “We had a bad start, and there’s no excuse for that. We tried to be ready. It’s a challenge, though, for a game like this. But the USA was ready for the first period.”

The third-place finish marks the U.S.’s first medal at the world championship since winning bronze in 2004.

 


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