BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Sweden advanced to the finals of the ice hockey world championship with a 5-2 victory over defending champion Czech Republic on Friday.

Sweden will play in Sunday’s final against the winner of the semifinal between Russia and Finland later Friday.

After a scoreless first period, Milan Michalek set up Patrik Elias to beat goalie Viktor Fasth 46 seconds into the second period. Patrik Berglund equalized 3:48 later with a slap shot on a power play.

Mikael Backlund put the Swedes ahead with a wrist shot from the right circle with 4:50 remaining in the period.

Jimmie Ericsson and Jakob Silfverberg both scored in the third before Elias reduced the lead to 4-2, but Berglund added an empty net goal to complete the victory.

Copyright Associated Press


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