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US women coast past Sweden 6-1 in Olympic hockey
US women's hockey team beats Sweden 6-1, reaches gold medal game for 4th time in 5 Olympics
By JIMMY GOLEN
Associated Press
2014-02-17 11:22 PM

SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- Megan Bozek, Kendall Coyne and Brianna Decker each had a goal and two assists to help the United States beat Sweden 6-1 Monday and earn a spot in the gold medal game at the Sochi Olympics.

Jesse Vetter needed just eight saves to help the Americans clinch no worse than a silver medal. The U.S. has medaled in every Winter Games since women's hockey was added in 1998, and just once -- with a loss to Sweden in the 2006 semifinals -- failed to reach the Olympic championship game.

The United States will play the winner of the late semifinal between Canada and Switzerland for the gold medal. A victory by Canada would set up a rematch of the 1998, 2002 and '10 finals.

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