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World Juniors: Sweden dumps Russia, advances to second straight final

Jan 3, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

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Tre Kronor is back again.

That was the story out of Ufa on Thursday, as Team Sweden advanced to its second consecutive World Junior Championship final by defeating Russia 3-2 in a shootout.

With the win, Sweden will now face the U.S. in the gold medal game for a chance to capture consecutive titles after going 31 years without winning it all.

Montreal prospect Sebastian Collberg scored the decisive shootout winner after the Russians overcame a two-goal deficit to send the game to extra time.

Elias Lindholm and Filip Forsberg — Washington’s first-round selection at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft — scored the goals for Sweden, while Andrei Mironov and Sabres first-rounder Mikhail Grigorenko replied for Russia.

The Russians staged an impressive comeback, but will look back on a dismal first period as their undoing.

They were out-shot 14-2 in the opening frame — it took Russia nearly 15 minutes to get its first shot on goal — and allowed Sweden to score twice in the first 10 minutes.

As mentioned earlier, Sweden will now face the U.S. in the gold medal game on Saturday, Jan. 5 (7:30 a.m. ET). Sweden is the defending champ while the U.S. last won gold in 2010.

Of note, this will mark the first time in World Junior Championships history these two nations have met in the final.

Related: Team USA gets payback, beats Canada 5-1; Will play for gold Saturday

  1. trick9 - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Another reason why these games shouldn’t end in the shoot-outs. Swedes got away with it just like last year thanks to shoot-out.

  2. sergeikremlin - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Yakupov didn’t show up the entire tournament, let alone when they needed him the most. I think he had one goal the entire tournament (against Germany) and went 0/2 in shootouts, including today. Last year he knew his place and contributed, but this year he tried to be a one man show and was a terrible leader.

    • shoobiedoobin - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      He needs to examine Malkin’s style of play. Specifically, how he’ll try to be a one man show. Malkin in the Olympics is the biggest example I can think of that a lot of people saw. He whined that he wanted Datsyuk’s spot on the top line, even though Datsyuk was better. And every time Malkin had the puck, he was playing like he had no wingers. He’d try to deke through one or two defenders on every play and cough it up, he would take useless shots when passes were a better option, he’d make horrible passes the few times he decided to give it up. He was trying to be a one man show and he stunk it up. He’s done it in the NHL too. But when Malkin decides to play smart and be a good linemate, suddenly he performs so much better.

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