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Silfverberg, Sweden Advance to Gold Medal Game with 2-1 Win Over Selanne, Vatanen and Finland

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 6:55 AM PT / News
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Silfverberg, Sweden Advance to Gold Medal Game with 2-1 Win Over Selanne, Vatanen and Finland
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By Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- With a valiant run for his home country, Teemu Selanne and Finland will not be competing for the gold medal.

Led by goals by Loui Eriksson and Erik Karlsson and 25 saves from Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden defeated archrival Finland (featuring Selanne and Ducks teammate Sami Vatanen) 2-1 in the semifinals Friday of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and will play for the gold medal Sunday.

Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg and the Swedes will face Canada or the United States, which plays in the second semifinal (Noon ET, NBCSN, CBC), and will have the chance to claim gold for the second time in three Olympics.

It was the 76th time Sweden and Finland have played in the IIHF World Championships or the Olympics. Sweden now holds a 44-17-15 edge, and has won the past three meetings in the Olympics, including victories in the preliminary round four years ago in Vancouver and in the gold medal game eight years ago in Turin.

Winnipeg Jets forward Olli Jokinen opened the scoring for Finland with his second goal of the tournament at 6:17 of the second period. Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen sent the puck out of his zone and into the left corner in Sweden's end, but a linesman waived off icing.

Jokinen won the race to the puck and snapped a shot that leaked through Lundqvist and across the goal line. The goal initially was waived off, but after a quick review the goal stood and Finland had a 1-0 lead.

The Finns controlled more of the play after the goal but Eriksson tied the game less than five minutes later. Nicklas Backstrom sent a pass from beyond the goal line to Jonathan Ericsson, who fed Eriksson at the far side of the net for his second goal of the tournament at 11:39.

Finland had four of the first five power plays in this game but could not convert, including a 5-on-3 for 1:35 in the first period. Sweden got a second man advantage late in the second period and cashed in for the lead.

Karlsson ripped a shot from the top of the offensive zone that ticked off goaltender Kari Lehtonen's right arm and under the crossbar. It was Karlsson's fourth goal of the tournament. He also has eight points, which tied him with Phil Kessel of the United States for the lead.

Lehtonen was a surprise starter for this game. The Dallas Stars netminder had to step in because Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was ruled out with an illness. Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks dressed as the backup.

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson was dressed as Sweden's seventh defenseman but did not play. Ekman-Larsson's ice time has been reduced significantly since Alexander Edler of the Vancouver Canucks returned to the lineup after finishing a suspension that carried over from the 2013 World Championship.


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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92

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