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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Swedes, Finns Impress In One-Sided Quarters

STOCKHOLM -- Sweden and Finland, co-favorites for the title, posted impressive victories in the quarterfinals at the World Hockey Championships.

Andreas Dackell had two goals and two assists, leading Sweden to a 7-0 rout of Italy and Finland blanked France 5-0 in the evening game at the Globe Arena on Tuesday.

Sweden, which has never lost a quarterfinal in the 1990s, will meet the winner of Wednesday's game between the United States and Canada.

Finland faces the winner of Wednesday's quarterfinal between Russia and the Czech Republic.

Andreas Johansson had three assists for the Swedes and advanced to second in the individual scoring race with nine points (three goals and six assists), one point behind Canada's Andrew McKim.

Sweden finished third in the round-robin phase with a 3-1-1 record behind the unbeaten United States and Finland.

Italy, also 3-1-1, was a surprising second in Pool A behind Russia.

The Italian team, which includes 10 Canadian-born players, played its last group game in Gavle on Monday and didn't arrive in Stockholm until late in the evening and seemed tired.

Finland came alive after a scoreless first period with three goals within 1:59 early in the second against the French. The Finns were second behind the United States in the round-robin phase with a 3-1-1 record.