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BULLET POINTS: After Ilya Kovalchuk electrified the home crowd with a power play goal 7:51 in, Juhamatti Aaltonen equalized for Finland less than 90 seconds later and Teemu Selanne scored the game-winner with 2:22 remaining in the first period during a 3-1 victory over Russia. Mikael Grandlund’s power play goal early in the second period was an insurance tally that helped to ensure that the Russians would not medal in a tournament they hosted. Russia out-shot Finland 38-22, with Tuukka Rask stopping all 14 third period shots as part of his 37 overall saves. Semyon Varlamov stopped 12-of-15 shots through 26:42 for Russia before he was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped all seven shots he faced.

VOYNOV: Slava Voynov took four shots but did not record a point and logged a minus-1 rating over 18:09 of ice time. He was unable to slow Mikael Granlund down during a rush into the Russian end late in the first period on a play that resulted with Selanne finishing off Granlund’s feed on a 2-on-1. In five games, Voynov was held scoreless, took seven shots and logged a plus-2 rating. His 89:00 of total ice time in the tournament ranked second to Andrei Markov’s 93:51 amongst Russian defensemen.

THEIR WORDS: “I just feel empty. Nothing. We’re all disappointed and empty inside,” said Sergei Bobrovsky, as reported by Corey Masisak of

Also from Masisak’s recap: “To be honest I am a little bit sad for them,” Teemu Selanne said. “They had a big dream to win the gold medal here and it doesn’t work. It is kind of disappointing in many ways because that would be a great story. It is proving to the hockey world that you never know. The gap is so small with these teams.”

NEXT GAME: Russia eliminated; Finland vs Sweden semifinal, Friday, February 21, time TBD




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