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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Swedes Skate Over the Russians

STOCKHOLM -- Daniel Fernholm and Johan Davidsson scored 50 seconds apart early in the third period, and Olympic and world champion Sweden went on to rout Russia 6-2 Saturday to win the Sweden Hockey Games.

The loss snapped Russia's perfect record on the European Hockey Tour after going unbeaten in the three previous tournaments in the Czech Republic, Finland and Russia.

Sweden, which won international hockey's first double last season, will play Russia in a two-leg final for the EHT title on April 19 and 21 before the World Championship in Moscow.

Sweden led 3-0 after Fredrik Bremberg's shorthanded goal three minutes into the second period. But Russia cut the score to 3-2 on goals by Nikolai Kulemin and Pyotr Schastlivy within 1:12 midway through the session.

"We had a letdown ... but we skated real well early in the third and showed a lot of character," said Bengt-Ake Gustafsson, a former NHL player who coached Sweden at the Turin Olympics and the World Championship in Latvia last year.

Fernholm, a defenseman who plays for Djurgarden, Sweden's most storied hockey franchise, knocked in a volley from close range at 5:03 in the third period to make it 4-2 with the Swedes on the power play.

Jorgen Jonsson, a member of Sweden's championship teams last season, set up the goal in his 272nd game on the national team, matching Jonas Bergqvist's all-time record.

Johan Davidsson, another former NHL player, made it 5-2 at 5:53.

"I just gambled with a one-timer ... it went in," Davidsson said, who played his 100th game for Sweden. He's the Swedes' leading scorer this season with 7 goals and 4 assists in 10 games.

Magnus Johansson and Martin Thornberg scored power-play goals for Sweden in the opening period before a near-sellout crowd of 12,125 at the Globe Arena.

Tony Martensson ended scoring with a shorthanded goal late in the third period. Kenny Jonsson, another Olympic and world champion, set up the goal.

Earlier, the Czech Republic blanked Finland 5-0 for only its second win on the EHT.