Russia beats Sweden 3-1 to reach final at ice hockey worlds
Russia players celebrate their victory in a semifinal match between Russia and Sweden at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, May 24, 2014 10:34AM EDT
MINSK, Belarus -- Russia beat defending champion Sweden 3-1 Saturday in a matchup of the last two title holders to advance to the final of the ice hockey world championship.
It was the ninth straight victory at the worlds for Russia which is one win away from its second title in the last three years.
Russia will face the Czech Republic or Finland in Sunday's final game.
Showing off its attacking power, Russia rebounded from an opening goal by Oscar Moller who netted just 19 seconds into the game with goals from Sergei Plotnikov and Sergei Shirokov later in the first period.
Defenceman Anton Belov drove a slap shot into the net on a rebound to make it 3-1 in the second in front of roaring Russian fans.