83
      Monday
      85 / 66
      Tuesday
      73 / 60
      Wednesday
      75 / 52

      US women coast past Sweden 6-1 in Olympic hockey

      Team USA gathers at mid ice after defeating Sweden 6-1 during a 2014 Winter Olympics women's semifinal ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
      Team USA gathers at mid ice after defeating Sweden 6-1 during a 2014 Winter Olympics women's semifinal ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
      SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Megan Bozek 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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