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Finns Eliminate Russia, 3-1, in Olympic Hockey

Finland eliminated Russia from the Olympic men’s hockey tournament with a 3-1 victory Wednesday, putting a stunning end to the Russians’ enormous expectations at home.

Anton Belov #77 of Russia reacts after Finland defeated Russia 3-1 during the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff
Anton Belov #77 of Russia reacts after Finland defeated Russia 3-1 during the Men’s Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff (Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Teemu Selanne scored an early goal and Tuukka Rask made 37 saves as Finland crushed the Russians’ dreams of winning hockey gold medals in front of their own fans. Russian teams have won eight gold medals in hockey, but none in the last 22 years.

Selanne and Mikael Granlund each had a goal and an assist for the steady Finns, who overcame an early deficit and silenced the Bolshoy Ice Dome with two goals in the first period.

Despite its roster of high-priced offensive stars, Russia couldn’t score in the final 52 minutes after Ilya Kovalchuk’s early power-play goal.

 

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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