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Gold For Finland

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

Finland won its first ever Olympic men's ice hockey gold medal with a 2-1 victory over the Russian Olympic Committee on Sunday in Beijing.

Finland forward Hannes Bjorninen scored the game-winning goal just 31 seconds into the third period. He added an assist on Ville Pokka's goal in the second period that tied the score after the ROC opened the scoring in the first period.

This was the 18th Olympic men's ice hockey tournament appearance for Finland, which was undefeated in six games in Beijing. The nation won silver in 1988 and 2006 and captured bronze four times (1994, 1998, 2010, 2014) before capturing gold.

"It is hard to put in words what it means. What a tough tournament. I felt like we played well the whole time, and this is the reward," said Finland forward Valtteri Filppula, who won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. "Hockey's a big thing in Finland. This is for all of us, for sure."

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OnlyWings's avatar

I am happy Russia (or whatever they called) lost. They seem to be always cheating. Too bad Putin did not play, going to war against a smaller country was more Fun.

Congrats to Finland!!

Posted by OnlyWings on 02/20/22 at 12:31 PM ET

Kate-made in Detroit's avatar

Congratulations to Valtteri Filppula (Fillapoola wink ) Captain of the Gold Medal Olympic Champion Team Finland.

Posted by Kate-made in Detroit on 02/20/22 at 02:37 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Good for Finland, happy to see Russia lost.

I watched the first period and it was pretty horrible hockey. Very sloppy, both teams were making mistakes, missing easy passes, etc.

I will say though, Finland has a great zone entry. When it comes to Finnish and Swedish teams, they play a wonderfully organized structure.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/20/22 at 03:59 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Good for Filppula. I enjoyed him as a Red Wing. cheese

Posted by bigfrog on 02/20/22 at 06:29 PM ET

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Weird stat of the olympic medalists. Gold winning goalie, Sateri and Bronze medal goalie Rybar were both recently part of the Red Wings system and played for Grand Rapids.

That has to be a nice capper to Filpulla’s career.

Posted by evileye on 02/21/22 at 11:54 AM ET

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