Sweden Triumphs As The King Seeks Gold
Sweden asserted their dominance over the Finns in a 2-1 game, that looked closer than it actually was. Sweden dominated much of the game with their top line of Daniel Sedin, Niklas Backstrom, and Loui Eriksson as they created quality scoring chances against the Finns who were without Tukka Rask due to an illness. The Finns turned to Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who played well especially after being named the starter moments before the game. Questions will haunt Finland with all-world goalie Antti Niemi on the bench.
Finland manged to strike first off of a Olli Jokinen bad angle shot that beat Lundqvist early in the second period. Finland would manage no more as they couldn’t get many quality scoring chances against Lundqvist and the Swedish defense. Loui Eriksson and Erik Karlsson both scored later in the period for Sweden. Eriksson off a tic-tac-toe play and Karlsson with a blast.
Ultimately special teams decided the game today as Sweden scored on one of their two power plays and managed to keep the Finns 0-5 on their chances, including a 5-3 during the second. Sweden now awaits the winner of the USA vs. Canada contest at 12PM EST.
Rangers Olympic Watch
Henrik Lundqvist continues his Olympic dominance as he goes 25-26 on saves for a .961 save percentage. Lundqvist looked up to the task excluding the terrible goal he let up to Olli Jokinen in the second. Lundqvist Olympic numbers in Sochi are incredible. He is undefeated with 5 wins .951 save percentage, 1.20 GAA and 2 shutouts. He is looking great going into the Gold Medal game.
Carl Hagelin had an average game against Finland. He was on the ice for about ten minutes and contributed two shots but was minus 1 on the day. Hagelin tried using his speed to create scoring chances but would be held without a point.