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Finland Wins Gold At 2011 Worlds

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Finland scored five late goals Sunday to beat Sweden 6-1 and claim its second title at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Petteri Nokelainen beat goalie Viktor Fasth 2:35 into the final period to give Finland a 2-1 lead and Niko Kapanen scored another 46 seconds later to decide the all Scandinavian final. Janne Pesonen, Mika Pyorala and Antti Pihlstrom finished the Swedes off with a goal each later in the third.

It was the second world title for the Finns. They also beat Sweden in the 1995 final.

Jarkko Immonen started the Finnish comeback after he answered the opening goal by Magnus Paajarvi in the middle period to become the tournament's top scorer with nine goals.
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