UFA, RUSSIA - A Russian reporter asked Swedish defenseman Robert Hagg if his team had gotten lucky against the host nation in their 3-2 shootout victory.

“Lucky? No,” Hagg said. “We were the better team.”

That they were, as were the Americans in their 5-1 rout of Canada earlier in the day, setting up a final that both TSN and the citizens of Ufa will hate. But from a hockey perspective, a gold medal clash between the Swedes and Team USA will be a compelling match.