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MALMO, Sweden -- Canada will go without a gold medal at the world junior championship for a fifth consecutive year. Canadas gold-medal hopes ended Saturday as Finland scored three times in the second period and held on for a 5-1 semifinal victory at the world junior hockey championship.  You can watch Canada/Russia on TSN, Sunday at 8:30am et/5:30am pt. The Finland/Sweden gold medal game can be seen on TSN at 1pm et/10am pt. Frustrated by a dogged defensive team and drawn into individualistic play and bad penalties, Canada was beaten 5-1 by Finland in the semfinals on Saturday. "Everything from penalties to neutral zone play to turnovers, we just got beat fair and square," team captain Scott Laughton said. "Its not like we deserved to win." Canada will play for bronze on Sunday against Russia, which lost 2-1 to host Sweden in a game that ended in a brawl. Canada lost the bronze-medal game to the Russians last year in Ufa to end a run of 14 years of finishing in the top three. "Its a game less than 24 hours later and youve got to do your country proud," added Laughton. "Its tough were not playing for the gold, but were still looking to get a medal and get back on track." Sweden will play Finland in an all-Nordic gold medal game. Joni Nikko, Artturi Lehkonen and Rasmus Ristolainen scored in the second period for Finland. Jonathan Drouin replied for Canada, but Finland captain Teuvo Teralainen scored on a penalty shot at 16:49 of the third and then scored into an empty net to seal the victory. The Finns frustrated Canada by playing for counterattacks, with tight checking in the neutral zone and by collapsing around goalie Juuse Saros to keep shooters to the outside. Unable to penetrate the defence, players tried to get through on their own, which only made Finlands trap more effective. It helped the underdog Finns that they got the first goal, even if it came on a lucky bounce. Julius Honka of the Swift Current Broncos dumped the puck in and saw it take a strange bounce off a gap in the Zamboni entrance door. Nikko pounced on the puck to beat an otherwise sharp Zachary Fucale. Then Frederik Gauthier took a penalty and Lehkonen scored. Then centre Nic Petan took an abuse of official misconduct penalty for saying something to a referee after he was stopped on a good chance by goalie Juuse Saros. Drouin got a goal back as he scooped up a loose puck and shot into an open side with Anthony Mantha clogging up the front of the net, but then he got hit with his second checking to the head penalty of the tournament, which carries a 10-minute misconduct. With two of Canadas four centres in the penalty box for an extended period, Ristolainen roofed a shot from close range for a 3-1 lead. The large contingent of red-and-white clad Canadian fans in the crowd of 11,544 at Malmo Arena kept the noise level high through a desperate third period, but Saros shut the door. It marked the first regulation time loss for coach Brent Sutter in three world junior tournaments, having won gold without dropping a game in 2005 and 2006. This years squad had lost a game in a shootout to the Czech Republic in the preliminary round. He was at a loss to explain why his team fell short. "It seemed we froze in the moment," he said. "We never executed our game plan. "We knew how they were going to play and what they were going to do in the neutral zone and we refused to get pucks into the areas we needed to. We played too much one-on-one hockey and when that happens, your game gets off track." Sutter is aware of the criticism that awaits from disappointed fans, but said the world juniors has become a tougher tournament to win since he last coached Canadas team. The fact that Canada sent its second youngest team ever to the tournament, older only than the 1987 team that was disqualified for a bench-clearing brawl with the Soviet Union, didnt help. This years team wasnt expected to dominate, although it has 11 players eligible to return for next years event in Montreal and Toronto who gained valuable experience. "Russias got a heck of a team and they got beat too,"said Sutter. "Theyve got a pile of 19-year-olds and they lost. Youve got two good teams playing for bronze and two teams moving on. "Its redemption. Its a chance to get back at them for last year in the bronze medal game, so lets see what happens. Weve got to make sure we treat this professionally and handle it the right way." Defenceman Griffin Reinhart is among three Canadians, along with Drouin and backup goalie Jake Paterson, who played on last years team and dont want to go home without a medal again. Reinhart admits that losing a semifinal and then having to play for bronze is a mental challenge. "It always sucks," he said. "I dont know if it can suck any more than it did last year. "Everyone, in their league playoffs, once theyre out and they cant win, theyre done. Its tough to get up the next morning once youre out, but I think well be able to do it." Neither Petan nor Drouin felt their misconducts were deserved. "Personally I thought it was a terrible call," said Petan. "I didnt say anything out of line. Thats just the way it goes here, I guess. We need to move past it." Drouin felt the player he hit took a dive, but added the officiating was not to blame for the loss. "We didnt play our game," he said. "They deserved to win. We got beat." The loss assured that Canada will go five years in a row without gold after winning the tournament five times in a row from 2005 to 2009. In the third period, Pouliot hauled down Henrik Haapala on a breakaway. Despite Canadian protests, Teravainen took the penalty shot because Haapala claimed he had injured his right hand. Against Switzerland this week, Canada wanted Drouin to take a penalty shot but the officials said Mantha had to take it because he was the player that was fouled. The Finns, who finished seventh last year, are assured of ending a seven-year medal drought. They have not won this tournament since 1998. "We had everybody together -- we were team with a big T," said Honka. "It will be nice to play in the final." Notes: Canada is 22-8-6 all-time against Finland at the world juniors, but 1-2 in semifinals. ... Defenceman Mathew Dumba and forward Charles Hudon were both fit to play after missing practice Friday with minor injuries. Authentic Folorunso Fatukasi Jersey . The Suns termed Fridays surgery by team doctor Thomas Carter a success. No timetable was given for Bledsoes return but the team said in a news release that he "will pursue a possible return to action during the second half" of the season. Authentic Neville Hewitt Jersey . 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Authentic Thomas Hennessy Jersey . -- The Oakland Raiders expect to have starting right tackle Tony Pashos back for Sundays game against the Houston Texans.ATLANTA - John Smoltz completed a unique path to baseballs Hall of Fame.The right-hander, who flourished as a starter and closer for the Atlanta Braves, was elected in his first appearance on the ballot Tuesday. Smoltz joins former teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who were inducted in the Hall last summer along with their Atlanta manager, Bobby Cox.Smoltz spent 12 seasons as a starter, winning the 1996 NL Cy Young Award, before 3 1/2 years as the Braves closer. He returned to the rotation, becoming the only pitcher with 200 or more wins and 150 saves, finishing 213-155 with 154 saves.It was a potentially difficult career for Hall of Fame voters to judge.I would argue theres nobody like me to compare, Smoltz said.He was picked on 455 ballots (82.9 per cent). He will be joined at the July 26 induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York, by Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Craig Biggio.Smoltz, Maddux and Glavine led Atlanta to 14 straight post-season appearances from 1991-2005, but only one World Series title in 1995.I was given an opportunity to go 14 straight years, Smoltz said. I dont think anyone else will have the opportunity to do that. Yeah, there was a little part of me that sits there and goes My gosh, we could have won a few more and Why couldnt we get it done?But when I look back, and I started out with three consecutive 100-loss seasons, it was the greatest run in sports. I know the end result is what we get known for ... winning rings, but at least we got one. No doubt we should have had a few more.Maddux is eighth on the career list with 355 wins and Glavine 21st with 305.The three of us share such a unique bond that I dont think anyone feels anyy different than the other person, Smoltz said.dddddddddddd Though I can tell you, Im not in their class when you talk about the numbers they put up. Im probably not in anyones class because of the strangeness of my career and the uniqueness of what I did. It kind of sets me apart a little bit.Smoltz attended last years ceremony and said he resisted the temptation to ask Glavine and Maddux about the process.I didnt want to say anything until this day came, and it has come, he said.Smoltz thrived in the post-season, posting a 15-4 record and 2.67 ERA. He missed the 2000 season while recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery, one of five arm operations, and suggested the shift to the bullpen in 2001. He had 11 saves that year before adding 55 in 2002.In kind of a cruel way, one year of 55 saves kind of undid 14 pretty good years of starting, he said. People started saying, Well, this is what hes always meant to be. This is great. This is going to get him in the Hall of Fame. I was quite perplexed, to say: How can 14 years disappear in one year?Smoltz moved back to the rotation in 2005 for his first of three straight seasons with at least 14 wins. He was 24-8 with a 2.94 ERA in his Cy Young season but said his return to a starting role set the stage for probably my most gratifying years.During a pair of news conferences, he struggled to grasp his accomplishment.I cant even at this point put myself in anyones category, let alone the Hall of Fame, Smoltz said. I think itll hit me when I get there. Im not comfortable with titles, but Im relishing this one and I will for the rest of my life.___Follow Charles Odum on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CharlesOdum ' ' '

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