Finland eliminates Russia in QFs

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 2/19 10:09 am

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Teemu Selanne and Mikael Granlund each had a goal and an assist to help Finland eliminate Russia from the men's hockey tournament with a 3-1 win at Bolshoy Ice Dome.

Juhamatti Aaltonen also scored, while Tuukka Rask stopped 37-of-38 shots he faced for the Fins, who advanced to the medal round at the Sochi Games for the third straight Olympics.

The Finns, who have the most medals since NHL players began Olympic participation in 1998 with three, will now play Sweden in a rematch of the 2006 gold medal game in a semifinal matchup on Friday.

Sweden moved on to the next round earlier Wednesday with a shutout win over Slovenia.

Russia's strength in these Olympics had been its goaltending, but that wasn't the case on Wednesday, as Semyon Varlamov was pulled 6:42 into the second after allowing three goals on 15 shots.

Sergei Bobrovsky relieved him and stopped all seven shots he faced.

The loss was a bitter disappointment for the hometown Russians, who haven't won Olympic hockey gold since the breakup of the Soviet Union, although the Unified Team won the 1992 tournament in Albertville.

After Ilya Kovalchuk gave the Russians the lead, Finland answered 1:27 later on a pretty crossover move in front of the net off the stick of Aaltonen.

Selanne than gave the Fins the lead for good with 2:22 left in the first. On the rush Selanne took a beautiful pass from Granlund and buried it past Varlamov.

It was Selanne's 22nd career goal in the Olympics.

Selanne then played a part in Finland's next goal as his shot on net kicked out to Granlund, who put it past Varlamov to end the goaltender's day, as he was pulled 1:05 later in favor of Bobrovsky.

While Finland has medaled in four of the last five Olympics, including a bronze four years ago and a silver in 2006, it has never won a gold.

Share
Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
Team CHOCOLATE MILK member Owen Hammond recovers post-race with lowfat chocolate milk after finishing 140.6 miles at IRONMAN Chattanooga.

0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.