Topic: 2014 Winter Olympics
- Sweden Battles Past Finns to Reach Olympic Hockey Final
- Benn Fires Canada Past US, Into Olympic Hockey Final
- US Smashes Czechs to Reach Olympic Hockey Semifinals
- Hockey: Finland Sends Russia Crashing Out of Home Olympics
SOCHI, February 22 (R-Sport) – Finland swept aside the United States in a 5-0 win Saturday, taking the men’s hockey bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics.
Teemu Selanne, a key figure in Finland’s quarterfinal defeat of Russia, scored two goals and cut another hockey giant down to size in the win over the US, which missed two penalty shots in its weak performance.
Finland's victory secured a spot for the 43-year-old Selanne, the all-time Olympic scoring leader, as the oldest hockey medal winner in Olympic history.
After starting the Sochi tournament with big wins in the preliminaries, the US leaves the Games having not scored a single goal in its final two matches, including the 1-0 semifinal loss to Canada on Friday.
After a scoreless first period, Selanne got the ball rolling a minute and a half into the second, when the Anaheim Ducks forward scored with a backhander off a pass by Mikael Granlund.
The Finns took just 11 seconds to score again, when Jori Lehtera found Jussi Jokinen to bring it to 2-0.
A seven-minute blitz in the third period saw the Finns score three more goals, two of them in a power-play.
First Juuso Hietanen fired a slapshot past unsighted US goaltender Jonathan Quick, then Granlund fed Selanne for the veteran’s second score, before Olli Maatta finished off a pass from Lehtera to make it 5-0.
At the other end of the ice, Tuukka Rask stopped 27 US shots for a shutout after having been controversially dropped during Finland’s 2-1 semifinal defeat to Sweden.
Patrick Kane wasted two penalty shots for the Americans even though he had Rask down both times. Kane missed the net entirely with his initial penalty shot in the first period and hit the crossbar with another in the second.
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