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

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 9:55 AM / News
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Silfverberg, Sweden Advance to Gold Medal Game with 2-1 Win Over Selanne, Vatanen and Finland
Sweden (featuring Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg) defeated archrival Finland (featuring Teemu 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.
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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
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7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
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11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
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F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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