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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Beats Sweden to Claim Bronze

APVitaly Atyushov holding aloft the third-place shield after Russia beat Sweden 3-1 in the bronze medal game at the ice hockey World Championship on Sunday.
Russia beat Sweden 3-1 in a consolation game for third place at the World Championship on Sunday to win the bronze and salvage some pride.

The Russians, who were heavy favorites to win their first world title since 1993 on home ice, rebounded from a 2-1 semifinal defeat to Finland in overtime on Saturday with three unanswered goals in the first two periods.

The hosts, who were missing three key players through injury -- the tournament's top goalscorer Alexei Morozov, leading defensemen Andrei Markov and captain Petr Shchastlivyi -- still had enough fire power to tame the Olympic champion.

The Swedes came out a bit flat after surrendering their reign as world champions with a 4-1 defeat by Canada less than 24 hours ago.

Alexei Yemelin and Sergei Zinovyev scored in the first period and Alexander Frolov added a power-play goal early in the second to put the home team in control.

The Swedes looked deflated, and were unable to muster the momentum needed to turn the game around.

Toronto Maple Leafs' Alexander Steen -- the only NHL player on the Swedish roster -- scored midway through the third period to briefly bring his team to life, but the Russians, who beat Sweden 4-2 in the qualifying round, held on for a comfortable win.

Goalkeeper Alexander Yeremenko may be remembered for his failed pokecheck on Mikko Koivu that led to Finland's overtime winner in the semifinals, but he had another good game for the host, making 32 saves against Sweden.

Malkin has been an undoubted star of the tournament, and as he was forced to leave the ice with seconds left after being inadvertently clipped in the face by a Patric Hornqvist dump-in, the crowd chanted his name.

The Russian team circled the rink after the game to applaud the fans, who responded in kind, with flags waving and chants of "Molodtsy!" filling the Khodynka arena.

Unbeaten Canada faced Finland in the gold-medal game late Sunday.

Reuters, MT