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Finland hammers Sweden 6-1 to capture world championship

- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2011

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - Finland scored five late goals to beat Sweden 6-1 on Sunday and claim its second title at the ice hockey world championship.

Petteri Nokelainen beat goalie Viktor Fasth 2:35 into the final period on a breakaway to give Finland a 2-1 lead, and Niko Kapanen scored 46 seconds later. Janne Pesonen, Mika Pyorala and Antti Pihlstrom finished the Swedes off with a goal each later in the third.

It was the second world title for the Finns; they also beat rival Sweden in the 1995 final.

Jarkko Immonen started the Finnish comeback after he answered the opening goal by Magnus Paajarvi in the middle period to become the tournament's top scorer with nine goals.

In the bronze-medal game, Roman Cervenka scored a hat trick to lead the Czech Republic to a 7-4 victory over Russia. Petr Prucha scored twice, and Jan Marek and Tomas Plekanec added one apiece for the Czechs - the defending champions - in a rematch of last year's final.

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