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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Swedes Move Forward After Beating Russia




OSLO, Norway -- Tommy Salo and the Swedes are closing in on a semifinal berth in the World Hockey Championships in Lillehammer.


Salo, one of Sweden's biggest heroes in the 1994 Olympic final against Canada, played one of his best games in the tournament as Sweden beat Russia 4-1 on Sunday.


The Czech Republic, last year's Olympic champion, rallied from a two-goal deficit and whipped Slovakia 8-2 to stay alive for the last semifinal berth.


Swedish defenseman Thomas Johansson scored first, connecting with a slap shot at 2:30.


The Russians had a two-man advantage for 1:20 midway through the period, but failed to capitalize.


A bad mistake by Russian goalie Igor Podomatsky led to Sweden's second goal. Podomatsky skated far out of the crease to clear a loose puck. He missed and Alfredsson fired it into the net.


Markus Naslund scored his team-leading fifth goal to put the Swedes ahead 4-0 just 59 seconds later.


Salo, the Edmonton Oilers goalie, had a shutout going until 18:53 in the final period when Maxim Afinogenov pulled one back for the Russians.


Alexei Yashin had only two goals as his goalscoring streak finally ended. On Friday night, Yashin scored two goals in a 6-1 win in the first quarterfinal game against the Czechs.