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Sweden beat Swiss to win ice hockey world title in shoot-out drama

Sweden retained their world championship title with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over plucky Switzerland in Copenhagen on Sunday.

Sweden beat Swiss to win ice hockey world title in shoot-out drama
Swiss players react after the defeat to Sweden. Photo: AFP

Filip Forsberg of the NHL's Nashville Predators scored the winning penalty as Sweden came back from 1-0 down in the shoot-out to win 2-1 following a 2-2 draw after overtime.

Surprise finalists Switzerland had been aiming for their first ever world title, while Sweden claimed an 11th crown.

Sweden had been the only unbeaten team through the group stage while Switzerland scraped into the quarter-finals with the weakest record.

But they stunned Group B winners Finland and then Canada to take their place in a third world championship final.

Five years ago they had lost to Sweden, who beat them 5-3 in the group stages too.

Switzerland twice took the lead, in each of the first two periods, but were pegged back by the favourites before the end of each stanza.

Minnesota Wild's Nino Niederreiter had given them a 16th minute lead but Gustav Nyquist of the Detroit Red Wings equalised a minute later.

On 23 minutes Timo Meier of the San Jose Sharks put the underdogs in front again, but that was wiped out by New York Ranger Mika Zibanejad on 34 minutes.

With no scores in either the third period or overtime, the final was decided by a shoot-out where Switzerland once again took the lead.

But Oliver Ekman-Larsson cancelled out Sven Andrighetto's successful strike, allowing Forsberg to become the hero.

Christopher Kreider of the Rangers scored twice as the United States thumped Canada 4-1 to take the bronze medal.

 After Kreider opened the scoring, Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the Sharks equalised.

But goals from Nashville's Nicholas Bonino and Anders Lee of the New York Islanders put the US in charge before Kreider rounded out the win.

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Canada wallops Swiss in hockey championship

Switzerland is struggling to stay alive in the world ice hockey championships after suffering a 7-2 loss to undefeated powerhouse Canada at the O2 arena in Prague on Sunday.

Canada wallops Swiss in hockey championship
Swiss fans encourage their team. Photo: IIHF

The Canadians scored three goals in the second period to lead 5-1 before adding two more goals against one reply from the Swiss in the final frame.

The shots on goal statistics told the story — 46 for Canada versus 25 for Switzerland.

The Swiss team’s coach Glen Hanlon, himself a Canadian expat, told media the squad only needs one point to reach the quarterfinals and “I can guarantee you they absolutely want to obtain it”.

After two wins, Switzerland is in fourth place in Group A, behind Canada, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

The team plays the Czech team on Tuesday.

The US is leading Group B, ahead of Russia, Finland and Belarus.

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