Sweden reaches worlds finals by beating Czechs 5-2

By the Associated Press | May 13, 2011 | 12:58 PM EDT

Sweden's Tim Erixon, right, fights for the puck with Milan Michalek, left, from Czech Republic during their semifinal Hockey World Championships match in Bratislava, Slovakia, Friday, May 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Sweden advanced to the finals of the ice hockey world championship with a 5-2 victory over defending champion Czech Republic on Friday.

Sweden will play in Sunday's final against the winner of the semifinal between Russia and Finland later Friday.

After a scoreless first period, Milan Michalek set up Patrik Elias to beat goalie Viktor Fasth 46 seconds into the second period. Patrik Berglund equalized 3:48 later with a slap shot on a power play.

Mikael Backlund put the Swedes ahead with a wrist shot from the right circle with 4:50 remaining in the period.

Jimmie Ericsson and Jakob Silfverberg both scored in the third before Elias reduced the lead to 4-2, but Berglund added an empty net goal to complete the victory.