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U.S. falls to Sweden in men’s hockey worlds semifinals

Sweden v USA - 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Semi Final

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - MAY 19: Viktor Arvidsson #33 of Sweden celebrates after he scores the opening goal during the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Semi Final game between Sweden and USA at Royal Arena on May 19, 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

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The U.S. men’s hockey team could not end the drought.

The Americans, whose only title at a standalone world championship came in 1933, saw their gold-medal hopes extinguished in a 6-0 loss to Sweden in Saturday’s semifinals in Denmark.

Viktor Arvidsson (two goals, including an empty-netter), Magnus Paajarvi, Patric Hornqvist, Mattias Janmark and Adrian Kempe all beat U.S. goalie Keith Kinkaid. The Vancouver Canucks’ Anders Nilsson became the first goalie to shut out the U.S. in their ninth game.

Sweden, eyeing a repeat world title, will play Switzerland in Sunday’s gold-medal game. The Swiss upset Finland in the quarterfinals and Canada 3-2 in Saturday’s later semifinal. Switzerland has never won an Olympic or world title.

The U.S. plays Canada for bronze Sunday. The U.S. earned bronze in 2013 and 2015 and hasn’t finished higher than third since its last silver medal in 1950.

The U.S., with all NHL players save one on its roster, reached the final four for the fourth time in six years. The Olympic team made up of non-NHL players lost to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals in PyeongChang.

Patrick Kane headlines a U.S. roster that also includes NHL All-Stars Johnny Gaudreau, Dylan Larkin and Cam Atkinson.

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