Hello hockey fans and welcome to our 2013 World Junior Championship Gold Medal live-blog! If you've been following the progress of this tournament, you know that anything is possible in a one-game scenario, which makes today's matchup with the United States and Sweden so interesting.
The Americans got to the gold medal game with a surprising thrashing of the heavily-favored Canadians and have enjoyed stellar play from John Gibson throughout the tournament. Though questions about their offense lingered after consecutive 2-1 losses to Russia and Canada in the preliminary round, the United States has combined to outscore its opponents 21-4 in three games since.
Sweden returns to the gold medal game after a thrilling shootout victory over Russia in the semifinals, the same team they defeated a year ago in overtime to capture their first gold since 1982. Despite not having 2012's overtime hero Mika Zibanejad and suffering injuries to three defensemen, the Swedes are still standing and looking to repeat.
So grab some breakfast, hop on the couch and come talk hockey with your favorite healthy scratches!