U.S. routs Sweden to recover, win bronze; Finland tops Russia for gold

HELSINKI -- Coming off a disappointing 2-1 loss to Russia in the semifinals, the United States bounced back in a big way against Sweden, winning 8-3 Tuesday to capture bronze at the world junior hockey championship in Helsinki.

Though it fell short of playing for the gold, the U.S. did medal for the first time since winning gold in 2013.

Anders Bjork, Matthew Tkachuk and Ryan Donato each scored two goals against Sweden.

Bjork and Tkachuk gave the Americans a two-goal lead, but Sweden pulled even before the end of the opening period on goals by William Lagesson and Carl Grundstrom.

The U.S. pulled away with a four-goal second period, as Brock Boeser, Donato, Brandon Carlo and Bjork scored.

"We played a good game today and overall a strong tournament, so it's definitely something to be proud of,'' Bjork said.

Donato and Tkachuk added goals in the third period.

"Sweden's such a great team, and they're so sound defensively,'' Donato said.

"If you told me before the game that this was going to be the score, I would say, 'No way.' But obviously we played really hard, and it paid off,'' he said.

Tkachuk's three-point night tied him with Auston Matthews for the team lead in scoring at 11. Matthews is likely to be the top pick in the 2016 NHL draft, and Tkachuk's stock is on the rise with his performance in the tournament.

Alex Nedeljkovic made 35 saves for the United States.

"I think we had a pretty good tournament, we came here to win gold, but unfortunately that didn't happen,'' Nedeljkovic said. "Bronze, I guess, is the third-best thing. Better than going home empty-handed.''

The United States had a quick turnaround after losing to Russia 2-1 in the semifinals on Monday.

"It shouldn't be difficult at all to motivate yourself to play,'' Nedeljkovic said. "It's an honor to be able to wear the USA jersey. I was happy that we were able to come away with a win.''

Axel Holmstrom had the other goal for the Swedes, who outshot the Americans 38-29.

Finland rallied past host Russia 4-3 in overtime in the gold-medal game later in the day.

Patrik Laine, Sebastian Aho and captain Mikko Rantanen scored in the third period as Finland staged a late comeback. Kaapo Kahkonen made 22 saves.

Andrei Svetlakov scored twice for Russia, while Vladislav Kamenev also scored. Alexander Georgiev stopped 25 shots.

Kapanen deked around two defenders, skated around the back of Russia's goal and threw the puck into a wide-open net as Georgiev failed to dive back into position.

Svetlakov's second goal of the game came with just six seconds left in the third after Georgiev was pulled for an extra attacker.

It was Finland's fourth world junior title and second in the past three years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.