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2011 IIHF World Championship Final
1 2 3 Total
Flag of Sweden Sweden 0 1 0 1
Flag of Finland Finland 0 1 5 6
Date 15 May 2011
Arena Orange Arena
City Bratislava
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Attendance 9,166

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The 2011 IIHF World Championship final was played at the Orange Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia on 15 May between Sweden and Finland.[1] Finland won the match 6–1 and became world champions for the first time since the 1995 tournament, and for the second time in history. This match was Finland's first final since 2007 and Sweden's first final since 2006.

Background Edit

Finland and Sweden met in the IIHF World Championships final last time in the 1998 tournament in Switzerland. The two-game format final resulted in Sweden's victory 0–1, 0–0.

As two highly ranked neighboring countries, Sweden and Finland have a long-running competitive tradition in ice hockey. Before the game, mainstream media in both countries titled the match "a dream final".[2][3]

Road to the final Edit

For more details on this topic, see 2011 IIHF World Championship.
Sweden Round Finland
Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
Flag of Sweden Sweden 3 2 0 1 0 13 7 +6 7
Flag of the United States United States of America 3 2 0 0 1 11 9 +2 6
Flag of Norway Norway 3 1 1 0 1 12 8 +4 5
Flag of Austria Austria 3 0 0 0 3 1 13 −12 0
First Round
Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 3 3 0 0 0 12 3 +9 9
Flag of Finland Finland 3 1 1 0 1 9 5 +4 5
Flag of Denmark Denmark 3 0 1 0 2 4 13 −9 2
Flag of Latvia Latvia 3 0 0 2 1 6 10 −4 2
Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
Flag of Canada Canada 5 3 2 0 0 23 11 +12 13
Flag of Sweden Sweden 5 3 0 1 1 18 10 +8 10
Flag of Norway Norway 5 2 1 0 2 17 15 +2 8
Flag of the United States United States of America 5 2 0 1 2 15 19 −4 7
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 5 1 1 1 2 11 12 −1 6
Flag of France France 5 0 0 1 4 5 22 −17 1
Second Round
Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 5 5 0 0 0 19 7 +12 15
Flag of Finland Finland 5 2 2 0 1 16 10 +6 10
Flag of Germany Germany 5 2 0 2 1 15 17 −2 8
Flag of Russia Russia 5 2 0 1 2 12 14 −2 7
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 5 1 0 0 4 13 14 −1 3
Flag of Denmark Denmark 5 0 1 0 4 9 22 −13 2
Opponent Result Playoff Round Opponent Result
Flag of Germany Germany 5–2 Quarterfinals Flag of Norway Norway 4–1
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 5–2 Semifinals Flag of Russia Russia 3–0

The matchEdit

SummaryEdit

The first period was goal-less, with good scoring chances at both ends. Sweden's Oliver Ekman-Larsson took a penalty at 17:52 for interference, but Finland did not manage to score in Viktor Fasth's goal. In the second period at 4:41, Sweden's Marcus Krüger took a penalty for slashing, but the Swedes were again successful in killing the penalty. After only a minute of five-on-five play, Sweden's Magnus Pääjärvi fired a fierce shot towards Petri Vehanen's net and scored the match's first goal at 27:40 for a 1–0 lead to Sweden.[4]

Two Finnish penalties followed, at 29:15 to Niko Kapanen for hooking, and at 34:25 to Petteri Nokelainen for boarding, but the Swedes did not manage to increase their lead despite a close call.[1][4]

Towards the second period's end, at 39:30, Sweden's David Petrasek took a penalty for hooking Finland's Mikael Granlund near the Swedish goal. With only 7 seconds remaining of the second period, Finland's Jarkko Immonen did not miss a pass from Janne Pesonen to score a power play goal to Fasth's net, tying the game to 1–1.[1]

The opening goal for Finland seemed to unleash the team's momentum, as the third period had not reached its third minute before Petteri Nokelainen scored for Finland to give them a 1–2 lead from Antti Pihlström's pass at 42:35. Less than a minute later, at 43:21, Niko Kapanen widened the Finns' lead to 1–3 from a pass by Juhamatti Aaltonen. [1]

Before the period's half, the Swedes tried to regroup through a time-out, but the puck dominance remained with the Finns. Janne Pesonen's 1–4 goal at 56:41 and Mika Pyörälä's 1–5 at 57:16 sealed the game for Finland. With 55 seconds remaining in the game clock, Antti Pihlström scored the match's last goal from a pass by Jani Lajunen, ending the final in a decisive 1–6 victory for the Finnish team.[4][1]

DetailsEdit

May 15, 2011 (2011-05-15)
20:30
Sweden Flag of Sweden 1 – 6
(0–0, 1–1, 0–5)
Flag of Finland Finland Orange Arena, Bratislava
Attendance: 9,166

Reactions Edit

2011 IIHF World Championship gold medal celebrations in Helsinki

The Finnish team arrives at Market Square.

In Finland, the victory was celebrated at the Market Square in Helsinki on 16 May. The police estimated that 90,000–100,000 people were present as the Finnish team took the stage. President Tarja Halonen was among the guests.[5]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Game Summary. IIHF (15 May 2011). Retrieved on 16 May 2011.
  2. Anrell, Lasse. "Drömfinal", Aftonbladet, 14 May 2011. Retrieved on 16 May 2011. (Swedish) 
  3. "Jääkiekossa unelmafinaali Leijonat–Tre Kronor", Helsingin Sanomat, Sanoma, 13 May 2011. Retrieved on 16 May 2011. (Finnish) 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Aykroyd, Lucas (15 May 2011). It's gold for Finland!. IIHF. Retrieved on 16 May 2011.
  5. "Jopa satatuhatta juhli Leijonien kanssa Kauppatorilla", Helsingin Sanomat, 16 May 2011. Retrieved on 16 May 2011. (Finnish) 
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