Luongo between pipes for Canada in world hockey final

Roberto Luongo will be starting in net for Canada in the gold medal game against Sweden at the World Hockey Championships in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday.

Sean Burke (Phoenix Coyotes) suffered an unspecified injury during the second period of Canada's 8-4 victory over the Czech Republic in the semifinal on Friday.

Canadian head coach Andy Murray made the announcement on Saturday after only Luongo (Florida Panthers) and Martin Biron (Buffalo Sabres) took part in practice.

"Roberto Luongo will start," Murray told the Canadian Press. "Sean has a lower body injury and right know we think it's in our best interest to have Roberto play.

"And that's why we played two goaltenders in the tournament and Roberto's been very good for us. And he'll be good tomorrow, too."

Luongo was in goal for Canada's 6-1 victory over Latvia in the preliminary round and 2-0 win over Switzerland in qualifying round. He then finished Friday's semifinal game after Burke left.

Luongo has a 1.98 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 21/2 games at the world championship.

There was hope that Burke might be able to return from what is appears to be a groin injury for Sunday's game. However, that will not be the case.

The last time Canada won the gold medal World Championships was in 1997 in Helsinki. Burke was between the pipes at the time.

Sunday's game will be played in Hartwall Arena, the same arena where Canada last won the tournament.

with files from the Canadian Press