STOCKHOLM — Sweden has the opportunity to win an IIHF World Championship as the host country for the first time since the Soviet Union did it in 1986.
Sweden blanked Finland 3-0 in Saturday's semifinal at Stockholm's Globe Arena to advance to Sunday's championship game.
The Soviet Union won a men's world hockey title 27 years ago in Moscow.
"It's about time. It's about time," Swedish forward Henrik Sedin said. "No pressure, just fun.
"It's an unbelievable feeling. It's something a lot players never get a chance to be part of so it's something you dream about when you grow up."
The Swedes will face Switzerland, which advanced after shutting out the United States 3-0 in the other semi. Julian Walker, New York Islanders prospect Nino Niederreiter and Reto Suri, with an empty-net goal, scored for the Swiss.
Loui Eriksson of the Dallas Stars meanwhile scored a pair of power-play goals for Sweden with twin brothers Henrik and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks...