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Sweden beats France 6-3 at ice hockey worlds

Sweden beats France 6-3 at ice hockey worlds

Sweden beat France 6-3 on Monday to earn a No. 2 seeding in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship.
The result guarantees Sweden second place in Group E behind unbeaten Russia and a knockout match against the Czech Republic, which finished third in Group F.
The United States will join Sweden on 10 points if it beats Switzerland in regulation time later Monday, but the Swedes have a tiebreaker edge due to its 6-5 overtime win when the two teams played.
Sweden was quickly into its game, getting three goals within six minutes of the start.
Fristian Huselius, the Columbus Blue Jackets forward, skated clear on the left and struck a powerful rising shot; Marcus Nilson scored in front of goal; and Dick Tarnstrom hit a power-play slap shot from distance.
Sweden got two more goals in the second period, from Carl Gunnarsson and defenseman Johnny Oduya with his second in two games since arriving from Stanley Cup playoffs action with the New Jersey Devils.
France stayed within two goals of the Swedes as Anthoine Lussier, Pierre Edouard Bellemare and Sacha Treille made it a 5-3 game going into the third.
Sweden captain Kenny Jonsson completed the scoring on a power play. Goalie Stefan Liv had 16 saves for the win.
France finished in last place having conceded 27 goals in five defeats.
Ranked 18th in the world coming into the championships, France achieved its main goal of reaching the second round after beating Germany 2-1 last week.


Updated : 2020-12-04 01:23 GMT+08:00