TAMPERE (Finland) — Sweden won a penalty shootout to beat host Finland 3-2 Wednesday in the fourth consecutive victory at the ice hockey championship.
Emil BemstromA forward for the Columbus Blue JacketsWith six goals and eleven points in the NHL, he was the best player in the shootout that lifted Sweden to the top in Group B in Tampere. He scored 11 points. Finland is one point behind in second.
After Seattle Kraken defenseman Adam LarssonThe Swedes took a 1-0 lead during the opening period. Mikko Lehtonen Sami VatanenA pair of ex-NHL veterans led the Finns to a 2-1 victory after the second.
Joel KellmanA former San Jose SharksSweden forced overtime at 6:38 in the final quarter.
Helsinki, Group A Denis MalginHe scored a goal with just a few seconds left and also assisted in the win for Switzerland over Slovakia, 5-3. With 12 points, the Swiss are at the top of their group after four wins in four games.
Canada is currently second in the NHL with nine points and a game in hand.
Hugo Gallet scored 1;04 into overtime to give France victory over Italy in a 2-1 comeback win. It was France's second win of the tournament.
Norway won its second victory in Group B against Austria with a 5-3 win.
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.