Sweden vs. Finland
BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

Game Day

GOLD-MEDAL FINAL

The lines

- The matchup: Sweden (5-2-0) vs. Finland (7-0-0).

- On the line: Winner gets Olympic gold and the loser takes home silver.

- The skinny: The Finns were rocked by departures before the Olympics even began -- including seven NHL players -- and then lost defenceman Sami Salo with a shoulder injury during the tournament. Goalie Antero Niittymaki has been outstanding. He has given up only two even-strength goals and five in total. Teemu Selanne and Saku Koviu have been the key. The Swedes are also pretty powerful. They're led by Mats Sundin, Peter Forsberg and Daniel Alfredsson. Losing defenceman Mattias Ohlund to injury during the tournament isn't going to help, though. Niklas Kronwall has been added to the roster. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist will have to make big stops if the Swedes are going to have any kind of shot.

- Overall record: In 69 previous meetings at the world championships or Olympics, the Swedes have won 39 times while the Finns have 15 victories. They have tied 15 times.

- You should know: The Finns beat the Swedes in the world championship final, the first won by Finland. In 1998, the Swedes beat the Finns in the world championship final.

- Quotable: "You're never happy to be second. That's the worst place ever to finish. We know what the game means. We want the gold." -- Forsberg

- TV: CBC, 8 a.m.

FINLAND

- Teeme Selanne-Saku Koivu-Jere Lehtinen

- Jussi Jokinen-Olli Jokinen-Ville Peltonen

- Ville Niemenen-Niko Kapanen-Niklas Hagman

- Jarkko Ruutu-Mikko Koivu-Antti Laaksonen

SWEDEN

- Peter Forsberg-Mats Sundin-Frederik Modin

- P.J. Axelsson-Samuel Pahlsson-Daniel Alfredsson

- Tomas Holmstrom-Henrik Zetterberg-Mikael Samuelsson

- Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Jorgen Jonsson.

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com