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Two Coyotes Reach Gold Medal Game, One Reaches Bronze Medal Game

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Photo by Norm Hall.

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden) and goalie Mike Smith (Canada) are going the distance at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Sweden will play Canada for the gold medal on Sunday at 5 a.m. (Arizona time) on NBC.

Ekman-Larsson has notched three assists and a plus-5 rating in five games at the Olympics. He is averaging 10:12 of ice time per game. He dressed but did not play in Sweden’s 2-1 win over Finland in Friday’s semifinal.

Smith, Canada’s third-string goalie, has yet to play at the Games.

Meanwhile, Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski and his Finnish teammates will play the United States for the bronze medal on Saturday at 8 a.m. (Arizona time) on NBC Sports Network.

Korpikoski played 16:03 and took two shots on goal in Friday’s 2-1 semifinal loss to Finland.

"Both teams played really tight," said Korpikoski, according to USA Today. "We both played a pretty smart game on the big ice. You can’t run around too much. There was a really high tempo, but the game was played really tight defensively – both ways. There weren’t a lot of chances there."

Korpikoski has notched two goals and a plus-2 rating in five games at the Olympics. He is averaging 16:06 of ice time per game.

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