World Championship: Switzerland stuns U.S.

World Championship: Switzerland stuns U.S.
May 18, 2013, 3:45 pm
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STOCKHOLM -- Switzerland stunned the United States 3-0 in the semifinals of the ice hockey championship Saturday, guaranteeing the country's first medal in 60 years.

Nino Niederreiter, Julian Walker, and Reto Suri scored for the Swiss, which emerged as the surprise team of the tournament by winning all seven of its group-stage games.

It will face Sweden in Sunday's final after the Swedes defeated co-host Finland 3-0 in the earlier semifinal.

The last time Switzerland won a world championship medal was in 1953, when it took bronze.

Sweden beats Finland, will play Switzerland
STOCKHOLM -- The Sedin twins are providing exactly the kind of lift Sweden had hoped for when they joined up for the ice hockey world championships.

Henrik Sedin scored a goal and had two assists Saturday to put Sweden in the final with a 3-0 victory over fellow co-host and Nordic rival Finland.

Brother Daniel Sedin also assisted on Sweden's first two goals, both scored by Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson on power plays. Henrik Sedin then added the third into an empty net in the last minute.

The twins joined up with the team after the Vancouver Canucks were swept by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the NHL playoffs, and have six points each in three games

"This is one of the biggest things I've experienced, playing a worlds at home," Henrik Sedin said. "I think the whole line works well, Daniel and Loui are doing a huge job. ... We could create a bit more 5-on-5 considering the amount of time we spent in their zone, but I think it was good."

The Finnish team applied constant pressure on Sweden, but goaltender Jhonas Enroth of the Buffalo Sabres made 30 saves for the shutout.

Swedish coach Par Marts said he was more satisfied with his team's defense than its attack.

"I think we can play better offense -- create some better scoring chances than we did today," Marts told The Associated Press. "But I think (the way) we protected our own net was almost perfect."

Sweden is looking to become the first home team to win the world championship since 1986, when the Soviet Union took the gold medal.

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