Canada also in the finals
Two consecutive goals half way through the game made the difference
In the reprise of the 2008 world championships semi finals Canada meet Sweden. Last year Canadians won 5 - 4 and Sweden was looking for a payback.
In first period both teams played disciplined in the defensive zone not allowing much real scoring chances. Canada took the lead with 6:51 gone. Marty St. Louis found Derek Roy alone at the post with a beautiful pass behind the net and Roy easily beat Jonas Gustavsson. Swedes tried hard to equalize having more shots on goal in the period but failed to beat Dwayne Roloson. Best chances for the Scandinavians came from Magnus Johansson, Loui Eriksson and Marcus Nilson.
After the break Canadians started the stronger but soon the momentum turned to the Swedes. They pressed on Canadian goal but still couldn't find a way to beat Roloson. Just before the 30 minutes mark Canada stroke. After Carl Gunnarsson lost the puck at his blue line Mike Fisher took it. He found Shawn Horcoff for a 2 - 0 lead. 45 seconds later Derek Roy made it 3 - 0 on a power play rebound after Gustavsson saved initial shot by Dany Heatley.
46:14 into the game Sweden finally made it on the score board when Loui Eriksson beat Roloson. Sweden tried hard to get back within a goal but Canadian defense shot them down on every occasion. With 1:52 left in the game coach Gustafsson pulled goalie Gustavsson for an extra attacker but that didn't help his them either as Canada held to 3 - 1 lead and will now face Russia in the Sundays final. And same as last year Sweden will have to settle for a bronze medal game.
Canada - Sweden 3:1 (1:0, 2:0, 0:1)
1:0 - 06:51 Derek Roy (Marty St. Louis, Steve Stamkos)
2:0 - 29:53 Shawn Horcoff (Mike Fisher)
3:0 - 30:38 Derek Roy (Dany Heatley) PP1
3:1 - 46:14 Loui Eriksson (Tony Martensson)
Shots on goal: 29 - 26
Penalty minutes: 10 - 6
Story added on 8th May 2009 at 20:36 GMT
Story submitted by: Rok Zupanc.