Florida Panthers Facebook Florida Panthers Twitter Florida Panthers Google+ Florida Panthers Pintrest Florida Panthers Instagram Florida Panthers
World Juniors

Finns Beat Czechs For Third Straight Win

Saturday, 12.31.2011 / 6:40 PM ET / World Juniors
NHL.com
X
Share with your Friends


Finns Beat Czechs For Third Straight Win
The Finnish National Junior Team has visions of making up for last year\'s sixth-place showing at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
EDMONTON -- The Finnish National Junior Team has visions of making up for last year's sixth-place showing at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Finns won their third straight game in the Group B preliminary-round pool, beating the Czech Republic 4-0 at Rexall Place on Saturday to finish second in the five-team field.
 
"It means a lot and it's good for Finland, good for our team and the boys," Finnish coach Raimo Helminen said. "It's always good to win because the confidence grows and grows and I hope that keeps going."
 
It's actually familiar territory for the blue and white.
 

2012 World Junior Championship

Canada cruises to 5-0 win over Czechs

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer
The Canadian National Junior Team could do no wrong in recording its second straight victory at the 2012 World Junior Championship on Wednesday, 5-0, against the Czech Republic. READ MORE ›

RELATED STORIES:
After placing second in Group A last year, the Finns lost in the quarterfinals and then dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Switzerland in the fifth-place game to finish sixth -- its worst finish in six years.
 
Finnish goalie and Colorado Avalanche prospect Sami Aittokallio, who was the hero in Wednesday's 4-1 victory against Team USA with 38 saves, turned aside 36 shots in regarding his second win in as many starts.
 
"The goalie is important; that's the one big part, that your goalie is playing good," Helminen said. "Let's see the next game." When asked who his starter would be to open medal-round play on Monday, Helminen wouldn't admit whether Aittokallio or Christopher Gibson would get the nod.
 
"I'll tell you in two days," Helminen said.
 
The victory enabled Finland, which dropped an 8-1 decision to Canada on Monday, to secure the second seed in Group B. Canada, which will play the U.S. later on Saturday, has already clinched the top seed and an automatic bye into the semifinals.
 
Teemu Pulkkinen, a 2010 fourth-round draft choice (No. 111) of the Detroit Red Wings, scored his team-leading fifth goal of the tournament 3:37 into the third to give the Finns a 4-0 advantage. Pulkkinen, a 5-foot-10, 198-pound wing, scored four consecutive third-period goals on Friday in a 10-1 victory against Denmark.
 
"Today was big win for us," Pulkkinen said. "I think we will get easier team in the quarters, so it was a big win for us and we played pretty good. We made some mistakes, but the Czech couldn't score and we did when we had a chance."
 
Throughout the tournament, Pulkkinen has worked a line with Markus and Mikael Granlund, who was named Finland's player of the game. The trio hasn't disappointed Helminen.
 
"They have been together for a long time; Mikael and Teemu played before and the young Granlund (Markus) is the new guy on the line," Helminen said. "They work well together."
 
It's become apparent that the line creates problems for opposing defenses. They have accrued six goals and 19 points in four games.
 
"I think we have created chances and that's the key … creating chances," Mikael Granlund said. "All the games, we just need to focus on scoring and wins."
 
Finland opened a 3-0 lead at 14:17 of the first when Florida Panthers prospect Joonas Donskoi connected off assists from Joel Armia and Miikka Salomaki.
 
The Finns opened a 2-0 lead on a seemingly sluggish Czech squad in the first period on goals by Alexander Ruuttu and Miro Aaltonen. Ruuttu's goal came off a splendid across-the-crease look from Mikael Granlund with his team on the power-play at 11:42. Aaltonen's goal at 16:19 came on a wrist shot from between the circles that nicked a Czech defender's stick and went past goaltender Petr Mrazek.
 
The Czechs were coming off an emotional 5-2 victory against the U.S. less than 24 hours earlier -- a game in which Mrazek stopped 52 shots. It also didn't help that they were without standout defenseman David Musil, who was a surprise scratch. According to Czech assistant coach Jiri Fischer, Musil was suffering from dizziness.
 
Follow Mike Morreale on Twitter: @mike_morreale

Author: Mike G. Morreale | NHL.com Staff Writer

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
FloridaPanthers.com is the official Web site of the Florida Panthers. Florida Panthers and floridapanthers.com are trademarks of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd.
NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks and NHL Draft name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as a
ll other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.