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Sweden to Face Canada for Gold Medal Sunday

Brodin, Eriksson Ek help countrymen to semifinal victory over rival Finland

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

COLOGNE, Germany -- Facing its long-time rival with a chance to play for a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championships, Sweden left no doubt with a dominating 4-1 win over Finland on Saturday at LANXESS Arena.

Sweden, which outshot the Finns 41-23 and capitalized on a pair of power plays, will play Team Canada in the championship on Sunday. The Canadians defeated Russia 4-2 earlier Saturday.

Sunday's gold medal game begins at 1:45 p.m. and will be broadcast on NHL Network.

Alexander Edler got the Swedes on the board less than two minutes into Saturday's game for a quick 1-0 advantage. Finland's Joonas Kemppainen knotted the contest less than three minutes later, and the teams were tied after 20 minutes.

Sweden blew the game open with two power-play goals in the second, getting tallies from defenseman John Klingberg and forward William Nylander. Joakim Nordstrom added a third-period goal to provide the final margin.

Nylander finished with a goal and an assist for the Swedes while Nicklas Backstrom had a pair of helpers.

Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin and forward Joel Eriksson Ek each played but did not figure into the scoring. Brodin received 16:49 of ice time while Eriksson Ek had three shots on goal and a penalty in 9:24.

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