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from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,
Finland put up a defensive wall and scored in all three periods. The Czechs simply had no answer.
Now, the Russians -- the only unbeaten team at this World Championship -- should be out for revenge after the ever-tenacious Finns stunningly eliminated them with a 3-1 Olympic quarter-final victory in Sochi in February.
The final also promises to be a great goaltending duel between Rinne, a two-time nominee for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best netminder, and Russian starter Sergei Bobrovski, who won the Vezina last season.
It will be the first time Russia and Finland have ever met in a World Championship gold medal game since the IIHF introduced the playoff system in 1992.
The gold medal game will be broadcast on Sunday at 2:00pm ET on NBCSN and TSN.
The video is just under 15 minutes.
Game time is 10:00am ET and can be watched on NBCSN and CBC.
I am not sure what kind of game to expect, but if it does turn to be a wide open game, the advantage would go to the USA.
Puck drops at 7:00am ET and can be viewed on NBCSN and TSN.
Winner will advance to the gold medal game on Sunday, 7:00am ET to face the winner of the USA/Canada game which starts at 12:00pm ET today.
Feel free to discuss the game and again, enjoy.
Via Matias Strozyk on Twitter, big news regarding the Finnish team ahead of this morning's semifinal game between Finland and Sweden (7 AM EST, NBCSN/TSN):
The Finnish Ice Hockey Association confirms:
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province at Canada.com,
In a tournament that includes the powerhouses from Canada, Sweden, the U.S., and, until recently, the star-crossed host team, Finland doesn’t measure up anywhere except on the ice. But on Friday, they meet their blood rivals from Sweden in the semifinal round of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament where, again, they’ll be the underdogs and, again, they’ll savour that role.
“Every time we go into tournaments like this we’re disrespected,” said forward Olli Jokinen, one of the many players who seems to grow a foot when they put on the Suomi jersey. “But the good thing for our country is no matter what names are on the back, Finland’s going to play the same way no matter who we have here. We could have 20 different guys here and the results would be the same. Finland’s going to play Finland’s way.”...
““I don’t think we are the favorites, honestly,” said Teemu Selanne, the aforementioned 43-year-old national icon who led the way against Russia with a goal and an assist. “We have four of our best centers out in this tournament (Mikko and Saku Koivu, Valterri Filpulla and Alex Barkov) , and usually we don’t have the kind of depth that some other teams have. But we believe and we work.
“Let’s see what happens.”
The Sweden-Finland rivalry doesn’t carry the same cachet as, say, U.S.-Canada or Russia-Canada but Scandanavia will stop for Friday’s encounter between the two old foes. Loosely stated, the Finns regard the Swedes as pompous, arrogant egotists who believe they’ve evolved from a higher order of being than their neighbours to the East. That, at least, is culturally and the hockey rivalry, which reached its zenith in Sweden’s 3-2 win gold-medal over Finland in Torino eight years ago, is a reflection of the friction between the two countries.
“Every year it’s the biggest game for us,” said forward Jori Lehtera, one of the eight KHL players on Finland. “It doesn’t matter where you play, if you play against Sweden you’re always pumped up.”
First semifinal game will be Finland vs. Sweden at 7:00am ET and can be viewed on NBCSN in the US and TSN in Canada.
The second game is USA against Canada at 12:00pm ET on NBCSN and CBC.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Russia’s high-end players rank with the best in the world, but the talent falls on the bottom end of the roster and when players such as Ovechkin couldn’t find their offensive stride in the tournament, there really wasn’t anybody there to pick them up.
Kovalchuk had the first-period goal for the Russian, but Juhamatti Aaltonen and the ageless Teemu Selanne erased that lead. Selanne had become the oldest player to score a goal in Olympic history five days ago, and he tweaked that record with what turned out to be the winning goal.
It isn’t clear what the long-term implications for Russian hockey of this setback will be. If they had played well up until this point and just had an off night, it might be one thing. But they were listless and unfocused throughout and when they had opportunities, Rask was there with the answers.
“It’s hard to win if you do not score,” said Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk, who described Rask as a “good goalie” but said the Russians didn’t do enough to get in his face.
“But we make it easy. We make not enough traffic in front of him, and not shoot a lot.”
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at Yahoo,
Team Canada coach Mike Babcock understood that beating Finland in regulation would have meant a favourable quarter-final matchup against either Slovenia or Austria, and he didn't take too kindly to being asked if he would have preferred that.
Not long after needing overtime to beat Finland 2-1 Sunday night at Bolshoy Ice Dome, Babcock leaned into the microphone and sharpened his tone.
"Do you think we didn't try to do that?" he said. "They tried to win, we tried to win."
Babcock looked over at Finnish coach Erkka Westerlund and asked: "You were trying to win, weren't you?"
Westerlund replied simply: "Yes. Congratulations."
continued and you can watch the press conference with both coaches below...
“Russia will be the favorites, and it doesn’t mean anything in a tournament like this. With the Russian team playing on bigger ice, they are [the favorites], but we beat them before on the bigger ice and we know how they play.
“We think we’re one of the favorites. It maybe sounds crazy.”
-Ollie Jokinen of Team Finland. More from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
It will be Finland against Sweden in the WJC Gold Medal game Sunday at 1:00pm ET.
Canada will play Russia at 9:00am for the bronze medal.
Both games will be on the NHL Network US and TSN.
added 4:54pm, Watch the highlights below...
I want to help these kids realize their dream. Since they were born, they’ve all dreamed of 1) winning a Stanley cup and 2) winning a gold medal in the Olympics. If I can help these 23 young men accomplish that, that’ll be a great feeling for all us.
-Team USA Coach Ron Wilson. Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants has quotes from players of both Team Finland and Team USA after today’s game.
Game starts just after 3:00pm ET and can be viewed live on NBC, CTV and online at NBCOlympics
Everyone seems to be predicting a low scoring game and the way Miller and Kiprusoff have been playing, I can see why.
It could be one of those games where one minor mistake could be the difference between a win or a loss.
Good luck to both teams and let’s hope the refs let them play.
A quick note and the only one you will receive on this- If you are not a KK member, I suggest you become one by 12:00pm ET on Saturday. You never know, a KK member contest may be making a comeback.
The game is about to start- CNBC & TSN. Winner of this game meets Team USA on Friday at 3:00pm ET.
via Chip Alexander of Canes Now,
Despite a 3-0 loss to Sweden on Sunday, Finland earned one of the byes into the Olympic tournament quarterfinals in Vancouver. But the Finns will play without defenseman Joni Pitkanen, according to The Associated Press.
The Canes’ Pitkanen was ejected with a game-misconduct penalty late in the second period for checking Patric Hornqvist in the head. The AP reported that International Ice Hockey Federation spokesman Szymon Szemberg said Pitkanen had been suspended and would not play Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
Puck drops just after 11:55pm ET on MSNBC and CTV.
Trust me, you may want to stay up for this game. Get the late for work or school excuses ready.
Also, have to feel for the people in Finland, Sweden and all of Europe. It is very early Monday morning for those dedicated hockey fans.
from Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,
Finland wants Sweden’s scalp. No kidding.
Sunday will be a day of rivalry without, well, a rival when all of the big hockey nations meet each other. Czechs and Russians, Canada and USA—and then Sweden versus Finland. For a few million people 4,700 miles east of the Winter Games venue, the last one may be the biggest of the tournament….
The Finns really, really don’t want to lose to Sweden. Especially not in hockey.
Here’s an example: During the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008, a leading Finnish newspaper reported every day how Sweden still hadn’t won a gold. That was the whole story. “Sweden hasn’t won a gold medal”. And what a great story it was.
“No. Absolutely not, you never want to lose to the Swedes, in anything. It’s like the Old Firm in Scottish soccer, between the Glasgow Rangers and Glasgow Celtic,” says Niki Juusela, play-by-play announcer for Finnish YLE.
The Swedes can stick it to the Finns, too, although for them, it doesn’t seem to be as important, no matter what Nicklas Bäckstrom—“It’s a pretty big game, a little more emotion in it than in a regular game”—or Nicklas Lidström—“The rivalry is not just in hockey, it’s about all sports. It’s a fun game to be a part of, and surely it’ll be a great battle”—would have you believe.
“The exciting thing about these Olympics is having them in Vancouver. It’s hockey, hockey all the time, and it’s a great atmosphere.”
-Teemu Selanne of Team Finland. More on Teemu, who is playing in his last Olympic games, from Mark Whicker of the OC Register.
Miikka Kiprusoff wants to start for the Finnish hockey team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, but the Flames goaltender says if he isn’t going to be the team’s No.1 guy, he’d sooner stay home.
“I’d probably not go in that case,” says Kiprusoff in a Tuesday story in The Calgary Herald. “If I’m not going to start for sure, I think I’m going to take that time off and rest.”
Kiprusoff currently has 12 wins, five losses and two overtime losses, with a 2.61 GAA, and a .914 save percentage.
Team USA’s loss to Finland yesterday has produced a hailstorm of criticism for the officials based on a goal scored by Finland that led to their late rally. For anyone who hasn’t seen the controversial non-goal—which was reviewed by the video judge and still declared a goal—it can be seen on the video below.
Both teams agree it was a major error, as can be seen in the post-game reaction on this TSN clip.
Update 10:23am May 13: From The Chronicle Herald,
The video goal judge was dismissed by the International Ice Hockey Federation after the botched call. The IIHF acknowledged the goal “should not have counted” on its website and stated the goal judge will “not be working for the rest of the tournament.”
“It’s a mistake,” Esche said. “The guy made a mistake and you have to live with it.”
U.S. head coach John Tortorella wasn’t as forgiving on Monday.
“Did they sack him? They should,” Tortorella said. “I don’t know how they handled it but as far as dismissing him, yes I support it.