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Sweden, Czech Republic both advance to world hockey semifinal round

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Czech\'s Lukas Kaspar, right, laughs after scoring a penalty, in front of the Finland bench, during the Play-Off Quarterfinal match between Finland and Czech Republic at the World Ice Hockey Championships in Cologne, Germany, on Thursday, May 20, 2010. Finland was defeated by the Czech Republic with 1-2 after penalties. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) Author: The Hockey News

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Sweden, Czech Republic both advance to world hockey semifinal round

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COLOGNE, Germany - Sweden and the Czech Republic advanced to a semifinal showdown at the world hockey championship.

Sweden beat Denmark 4-2 in their quarter-final game Thursday.

The Czech Republic bot past Finland 2-1 in a shootout with goalie Tomas Vokoun stopping 29 shots and forcing two penalty misses.

Later on Thursday, Russia takes on Canada while Germany faces off against Switzerland.

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Sweden, Czech Republic both advance to world hockey semifinal round