SOCHI, Russia — With its 2-1 victory over Finland, Sweden’s talented men’s hockey time will have a shot at Olympic gold Backed by second-period goals from Erik Karlsson and Loui Eriksson, Sweden’s defense held up in the final period, preserving its slim lead and dooming Finland to the bronze-medal game.
Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist continued his strong tournament play. He faced 26 shots on goal and made 25 saves. Lundqvist has allowed just six goals in the tournament, playing every minute of all five games in net.
With Tuukka Rask out because of illness, Kari Lehtonen started in net for Finland, allowing two goals and facing 25 shots on goal.
Sweden will try to win its second gold medal in the past three Winter Olympics. The Swedish team topped Finland in the Olympic final of the 2006 Games. Sweden advances to face the winner of today’s other semifinal between the United States and Canada, which is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. in Sochi (noon in Washington).
The gold medal game is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. in Sochi (9 a.m. in Washington). Finland, meantime, will play in the bronze-medal game Saturday. Finland will be trying to win its fifth medal in its past six Olympic appearances.