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Sweden takes gold on home ice at World Championships

Switzerland v Sweden - 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Final

(L) of Swiss and (R) of Sweden battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship final match between Swiss and Sweden at Globen Arena on May 19, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Martin Rose

Team Sweden did something no other hockey country has been able to do since 1986, and that’s win the World Championships as the host nation.

Sweden took home gold in the 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championship with a 5-1 victory over Switzerland on Sunday afternoon.

Vancouver Canucks’ captain Henrik Sedin, who, along with his twin brother Daniel, joined the Swedish squad when their National Hockey League team was swept out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the opening round, scored twice in the gold medal game.

The loss was a tough way for Switzerland to end the tournament. The Swiss had gone undefeated in this year’s competition until today, before falling to Sweden.

There is a silver lining for Switzerland. According to the Canadian Press, it’s the first time in 60 years Switzerland has won a medal at the World Championships.

Earlier in the day, Team USA won bronze in a shootout over Finland.