Sweden crushes US 6-0 to reach final of hockey worlds; Swiss stun Canada
Karel JanicekAssociated Press
Switzerland stunned title favorite Canada 3-2 to reach only its third final of the world ice hockey championship on Saturday.
The Swiss will play the gold medal game on Sunday against defending champion Sweden, which strode into the final by crushing the United States 6-0.
Canada and the U.S. will play for bronze.
Canada goaltender Darcy Kuemper made some great saves in the first period before Tristan Scherwey scored the go-ahead goal for Switzerland with 1:19 remaining in the first period.
Bo Horvat tied it in the second but Switzerland proved resilient, and Gregory Hofmann restored the Swiss lead on a power play.
Gaetan Haas struck again on a power play in the third, redirect ing into the net a shot by Sven Andrighetto from the point.
Colton Parayko blasted a slap shot past Swiss goaltender Leonardo Genoni to reduce the lead with 2:07 left in the final period as Canada pulled Kuemper for an extra attacker in vain.
Switzerland lost its only two previous finals in 1935 and 2013, while Sweden is going for a third world title in six years, and 11th overall.
The Swedes set up their victory over the Americans with three goals in a 3:07 span midway through the second period.
"We didn't play our best game but we put up a lot of goals," forward Patric Hornqvist said. "We still have some improvement to do for the game tomorrow."
Viktor Arvidsson led Sweden with two goals and goalie Anders Nielsen made 41 saves for the shutout.
Trailing 1-0 in the second, the U.S. had a four-minute power play but allowed a short-handed goal by Magnus Paajarvi, who scored on a rebound after goaltender Keith Kinkaid stopped Mikael Backlund on a breakaway.
Hornqvist stretched the lead to 3-0 on a power play, and Sweden underlined its control when Mattias Janmark made it 4-0 just 11 seconds later.
Arvidsson added his second into an empty net in the final period, and Adrian Kempe finished it off with the sixth. Sweden earned its ninth win from nine games in this championship.
The U.S. pressured in the opening period, outshooting Sweden 16-8 and 41-19 overall. But it was the Swedes who went ahead. Arvidsson knocked in a loose puck in the crease following a shot from above the right circle by Filip Forsberg.
U.S. captain Patrick Kane, the overall scoring leader, failed to register a point for the first time in the championship.
"We just made too many mistakes and they capitalized," Kane said. "They've got a lot of good players over there and made us pay for those mistakes.
"It's gonna be tough to regroup (for the bronze medal game) ... but we have to do it."
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