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U.S. women's ice hockey coasts past Sweden 6-1

Megan Bozek of the United States, left, congratulates teammate Kacey Bellamy after Bellamy scored a goal against Sweden during the first period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women's semifinal ice hockey game at Shayba Arena Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Megan Bozek, Kendall Coyne 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.