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Jaw Dropping Goal Dooms Russians

Friday, 05.13.2011 / 5:44 PM / World Championship
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Jaw Dropping Goal Dooms Russians
By IIHF.com

BRATISLAVA – Mikael Granlund scored the jaw-dropping second-period winner as Finland blanked Russia 3-0 in the last semi-final and marched into Sunday’s gold medal game with Sweden. The Russians will face the Czechs for bronze.

It is the fourth Sweden-Finland final ever for this tournament. The Swedes won gold in 1992 and 1998, while Finland spoiled Tre Kronor’s home-ice party in 1995 and claimed its lone Worlds gold.

"We’re very happy to be among the best two teams in the world," said Finnish head coach Jukka Jalonen. "We deserved it, as we played a very good game. Our power play worked well and our penalty kill worked well. That’s the reason we won today."

The most famous confrontation between Sweden and Finland was at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, where Nicklas Lidström gave Tre Kronor gold with his early third-period goal in a 3-2 win. Sweden's last Worlds gold came against the Czechs later that year.

Here, between the pipes, Finland’s Petri Vehanen earned his first tournament shutout, bettering Russia’s Konstantin Barulin. Shots on goal favoured Russia 30-29.

"I actually liked playing against Russia better because I have a lot of teammates there," said Vehanen, who toils for the KHL's Ak Bars Kazan. "But Sweden will be special."

"We played together, as a team," said Finnish defenceman Jyrki Välivaara. "The Russians were more like individuals, and we played as a group. We had three guys working with the puck the whole time, and they had one guy with the puck. They can shield it well and move the puck and pass, but we defended really well."

Jani Lajunen and Jarkko Immonen had the other Finnish goals. With a two-point effort, Immonen now leads the tournament in scoring with 11 points.

Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov finished a minus-1 in 13:20 of ice time (20 shifts).

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -3 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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