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Swedes, Russians battle to the bitter end for world junior glory

Sweden and Russia clash in the gold-medal game at the world junior hockey championship in Calgary.

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Minor hockey players carry flags before the game between Russia and Sweden during their earlier round-robin game. The two teams clash for the gold-medal Thursday night.

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Sweden's Johan Sundström hammers Pavel Kulikov into the Swedish bench during the first period.

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Sweden's Erik Thorell and Russia's Mikhail Naumenkov fight for control of the puck during the first period.

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Russian goalie Andrei Makarov kept the game scoreless through the first period.

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Russia's Andrei Makarov just barely keeps the puck out of the goal as Sweden's William Karlsson, right, and Mika Zibanejad crash the net in the first.

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Sweden's Johan Larsson hits Russia's Nikita Kucherov in the first period.

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Sweden's Rickard Rakell tries to get a shot past Andrei Makarov as Daniil Apalkov chases in the first period.

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Russia goaltender Andrei Makarov holds his ice as Sweden's William Karlsson crashes his crease.

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Johan Gustafsson keeps the game 0-0.

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Russia goaltender Andrei Makarov and Sweden's Erik Thorell cross sticks.

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Sweden's Rickard Rakell crashes into Russia's goalie Andrei Makarov in the third period.

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Russia goalie Andrei Makarov is checked out by a team medic after being hit by Sweden's Rickard Rakell during the third period.

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Sweden's goalie Johan Gustafsson earned the shutout.

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Sweden's Mika Zibanejad scores the game winner on Russia's Andrei Makarov.

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Sweden's Mika Zibanejad, right, celebrates after scoring the gold-medal clinching goal in overtime against Russia.

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Russia's captian Yevgeni Kuznetsov led his team in scoring throughout the tournament.

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Sweden team members celebrate after defeating Russia in overtime to win the gold medal game of the 2012 IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championships in Calgary.

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