SOCHI, Russia — After a somewhat tentative first period, Sweden and Finland began finding the net in the second period, and Sweden jumped to a 2-1 lead in Friday’s semifinal game with one period remaining.
Finland was first on the scoreboard, at the 6:17 of second period, when Jussi Jokinen took a pass from Sami Vatanen and shot it through the pads of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
Finland appeared to have the momentum, but then the Swedish team took advantage of a turnover midway through the period, Jonathan Ericsson fed the puck to Loui Eriksson for the quick score to tie the game. Nicklas Backstrom was also credited with an assist, his fourth of the Olympics.
Sweden broke the tie with 3:34 remaining in the period. On a power play, Alexander Steen swung it around to Erik Karlsson, who fired a one-timer from the point, just short of the blue line, which whizzed by Finland goaltender Kari Lehtonen, playing in place of Tuukka Rask..