STOCKHOLM — Sweden became the first home team to win the world hockey championships in 27 years, beating Switzerland, 5-1, on Sunday for its ninth title.
Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves and Vancouver Canucks star Henrik Sedin had two goals and an assist to help Sweden become the first team to win the title on home ice since the Soviet Union in 1986.
Enroth was selected Best Goalkeeper in the tournament, and made the All-Star Team. He led all goalies in save percentage (95.63) and goals against average (1.15).
Switzerland earned its first medal in 60 years.
Simon Hjalmarrson, Philadelphia’s Erik Gustafsson and Dallas’ Loui Eriksson also scored for Sweden. Romas Josi scored for Switzerland.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. You can’t put it into words,” Sweden defenseman Henrik Tallinder told Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com. “As soon as we got our legs and got that first goal, I thought we controlled the game pretty well.”
“It was a tight game,” Sedin said on the tournament website. “It could have gone either way, I felt. It was lucky we got our first two goals pretty quickly after their first one. After we scored our third, it felt pretty calm on the bench.”
In the third-place game, the United States beat Finland, 3-2, in a shootout for its first medal in nine years. Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk scored consecutive goals in the shootout for the Americans, and Nashville’s Craig Smith and Colorado’s Paul Stastny had first-period goals.
John Gibson, a 19-year-old goalie for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League and a draft choice of the Anaheim Ducks, made 36 saves.
Phoenix’s Lauri Korpikoski scored twice in the third period for Finland.