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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Swedes Beat Russia in Penalty Shootout

APSweden's Bjorn Nord trying to sneak around Russian netminder Igor Podomatsky.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Swedish goalie Stefan Liv was prepared.

Liv saved Russian captain Valery Karpov's scoring attempt in a penalty shootout as the Swedes prevailed 2-1 Saturday, keeping their chances alive to win the Sweden Hockey Games.

"I've seen Karpov take four, five penalties, the last time when he scored against Canada here in the Globe on Tuesday," said Liv, who could be heading to the Detroit Red Wings next season.

Mattias Weinhandl converted his first penalty for Sweden, which must beat archrival Finland in Sunday's finale coupled with a Czech Republic loss to Russia to win the tournament.

Liv, 20, who introduced a new helmet showing a big painted picture of Crown Princess Madeleine earlier this week, is competing against NHLers Tommy Salo (Edmonton Oilers) and Johan Hedberg (Pittsburgh Penguins) for a spot on Sweden's Olympic squad in Salt Lake City.

Henrik Zetterberg, who was born in 1980 just like Liv and Weinhandl, set up Jonas Johnson's power-play goal late in the second period.

"It's extra fun when the young kids decide it," said Swedish assistant coach Peo Larsson.

Dmitry Zatonsky, assisted by Karpov, silenced the near-sellout crowd of 12,043 in the Globe when he equalized nine minutes into the third period.

Earlier, Kalle Sahlstedt scored the game-winner as defending champion Finland rallied from one goal down in the last period to beat Canada 4-3.

It was the Canadians' last game in the tournament and left them last in the five-team standings after four straight losses. Canada finished second in both 1999 and last year.

Finland, with six, seven candidates hoping to make the Olympic squad, needs to beat Sweden coupled with a Czech loss to Russia on Sunday to repeat as champion.

Sahlstedt, a 28-year-old center who plays in the Swedish Elite League with HV 71, scored the game-winner at 3:13 in the third period. Just 1:33 into the period, Antti Nieminen tied it 3-3.

Todd Hlushko, Jan Alston and Dave McLiwain gave Canada a 3-2 lead in the second period, the last two goals with Finland shorthanded.

Jani Hassinen and Veli-Pekka Laitinen scored within 36 seconds early in the first period as Finland took a 2-0 lead.

In past years, a majority of the players on Canada's entry in the tournament came from minor league teams in North America.

This time, coach Wayne Fleming and his assistants picked some of the best players based in European leagues.

The only exceptions were defenseman Alex Henry of the Hamilton Bulldogs and Micki Dupont of the Saint John Flames and left wing Chad Hinz of Hamilton.

Canada won the Sweden Hockey Games in 1992, one year after the Soviet Union won the inaugural edition.

The tournament is the second stop on this season's European Hockey Tour that started in the Czech Republic in September with Finland as the winner.

Remaining tournaments before the Winter Olympics will be held in Finland and Russia.