Sweden wins world hockey title

Sweden became the first home team to win the world hockey

championships in 27 years, beating Switzerland 5-1 on Sunday for

its ninth title.

Vancouver Canucks star Henrik Sedin had two goals and an assist,

and Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves to help

Sweden become the first team to win the title on home ice since the

Soviet Union in 1986. Switzerland earned its first medal in 60

years.

Simon Hjalmarrson, Philadelphia’s Erik Gustafsson and Dallas’

Loui Eriksson also scored for Sweden. Romas Josi had the lone goal

for Switzerland.

In the third-place game, the United States beat Finland 3-2 in a

shootout for its first medal in nine years. Montreal’s Alex

Galchenyuk scored consecutive goals in the shootout for the

Americans, and Nashville’s Craig Smith and Colorado’s Paul Stastny

had first-period goals.

John Gibson, a 19-year-old goalie for the Kitchener Rangers of

the Ontario Hockey League, made 36 saves.

Phoenix’s Lauri Korpikoski scored twice in the third period for

Finland.