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Murray, Sweden Fall in Bronze Medal Match

by Alison High / San Jose Sharks
Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray and Team Sweden were on the losing side of a 4-0 Bronze Medal Match against Team Finland in the IIHF World Championships on Saturday. The 28-year-old native of Bromma, Sweden played a phsyical game, but was unable to slow down Team Finland's power house of offense that converted for four goals on 13 shots.

Murray's best plays came in the opening and closing periods of the game. With three minutes remaining in the first period, the Sharks defenseman broke up a dangerous drive with Teemu Selanne and Mikko Koivu and then provided his signature muscle in the third period when he laid out Ville Koistinen.

Murray recorded one shot on goal and 14:13 of ice time.

Finland was led by Antti Pihlstrom who tallied two goals, including the first-period winner, while Janne Niskala and Mikko Koivu added singles. Hannes Hyvonen got a pair of assists.

Sunday's Gold Medal Match will feature Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov manning the net for Team Russia as they face Team Canada in the final game of the tournament. The game will be played at 9:55 AM (Pacific).

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