Canada falls to Switzerland in semis at hockey worlds

Canada will not play for a gold medal at the world hockey championship for the first time in four years.

Bo Horvat and Colton Parayko were Canada's scorers in a 3-2 loss to Switzerland on Saturday in the semifinal of the men's international tournament.

Darcy Kuemper started in net for the Canadians, who will face the United States on Sunday in the bronze-medal game. Switzerland will face Sweden for gold.

Gaetan Haas scored the eventual game winner, and Leonardo Genoni made 43 saves, as Switzerland edged Canada 3-2 to advance to the gold medal game against Sweden. 1:02

Gaetan Haas's third-period goal was the eventual winner for the Swiss, while Tristan Scherwey and Gregory Hoffman also scored.

Leonardo Genoni made 43 saves in net for Switzerland.

Special teams were the difference in the game. A disciplined Switzerland killed off the single power play it gave up. Canada's power-play unit was potent on Thursday, scoring three times in its 5-4 quarterfinal win over Russia.

In the earlier semifinal, the defending champion Swedes crushed the Americans 6-0. Sweden set up the victory with three goals in three minutes and seven seconds midway through the second period.

"We didn't play our best game but we put up a lot of goals," forward Patric Hornqvist said. "We still have some improvement to do for the game tomorrow."

Sweden is going for a third world title in six years.

Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals and goaltender Anders Nilsson made 41 saves as Sweden shutout the United States 6-0 to advance to the gold medal game. 1:05

Viktor Arvidsson led Sweden with two goals and goaltender Anders Nilsson made 41 shots for the shutout.

Trailing 1-0 in the second, the U.S. had a four-minute power play but allowed a short-handed goal by Magnus Paajarvi, who scored on a rebound after goaltender Keith Kinkaid stopped Mikael Backlund on a breakaway.

Hornqvist stretched the lead to 3-0 on a power play, and Sweden underlined its control when Mattias Janmark made it 4-0 just 11 seconds later.

Arvidsson added his second into an empty net in the final period, and Adrian Kempe finished it off with the sixth. Sweden earned its ninth win from nine games in this championship.

The U.S. pressured in the opening period, outshooting Sweden 16-8 and 41-19 overall. But it was the Swedes who went ahead. Arvidsson knocked in a loose puck in the crease following a shot from above the right circle by Filip Forsberg.

U.S. captain Patrick Kane, the overall scoring leader, failed to register a point for the first time in the championship.

"We just made too many mistakes and they capitalized," Kane said. "They've got a lot of good players over there and made us pay for those mistakes.

"It's gonna be tough to regroup [for the bronze medal game] … but we have to do it."

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