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Finland defeat Sweden to take bronze in Quebec

AP , QUEBEC, CANADA

Finland beat Sweden 4-0 on Saturday for the bronze medal at the World Hockey Championship behind first-period goals by Antti Pihlstrom and Janne Niskala and 36 saves by Niklas Backstrom.

Canada and Russia play for the gold medal. Canada are looking to become the first nation to win the world title at home since the Soviet Union in 1986.

Pihlstrom added his second goal of the game and fifth of the tournament in the third period and Mikko Koivu scored in an empty net. Finland were out shot 36-13.

Finland lost to Russia 4-0 on Friday in the semi-finals. They have won a medal at three consecutive world championships, taking the silver last year and the bronze in 2006.

Sweden fell to Canada 5-4 in the semi-finals. This was the Swedes’ second consecutive loss in the bronze-medal game of the worlds. Sweden’s fourth-place finish puts Canada back at No. 1 in the world rankings.

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