Canada beat Finland 4-2 today in quarter-final play against a strong Team Finland thanks in large part to their disciplined play, only giving their opponents two powerplays throughout 60 minutes of play. Canada now moves on to play Team USA on Friday, in hopes of winning a spot to the gold medal game.
|Canada - Finland 4:2 (0:1, 1:0, 3:1)|
|Goals and assists: 28. Tavares (Stamkos, Godfrey), 43. Stamkos (Daughty), 51. Marchand (Daughty, Turris), 60. Legein. - 8. Puustinen (Lucenius, Juutilainen), 46. Juutilainen
Referee: Lärking, Rönmark (both SWE) - Blümel (CZ), Mášik (SK).
Powerplay goals: 1:0. Spectators: 5187.
Shots on goal: 32:23.
|Canada: Mason (Bernier) - Alzner, Doughty, Hickey, Schenn, Pyett, Godfrey, Subban - Marchand, Turris, Giroux - Gillies, Sutter, Legein - Tavares, Matthias, Halischuk - Holzapfel, Stamkos, Simmonds - Boychuk |
|Finland: Sateri (Helenius) - Purolinna, Malkamaki, Jalvanti, Kousa, Lehtivuori, Lajunen, Jarvinen - Pesonen, Sallinen, Warn - Lucenius, Juutilainen, Puustinen - Aaltonen, Kempainen, Salminen - Liivik, Malinen, Poysti - Lahde |
Canada beat Finland 4-2 today in quarter-final play against a strong Team Finland thanks in large part to their disciplined play, only giving their opponents two powerplays throughout 60 minutes. Canada now moves on to play Team USA on Friday, in hopes of winning a spot in the gold medal game.
“We could have also used a few more powerplays, we got some in the first period but not in the second and third,” said Team Finland head coach Jukka Rautakorpi, in reference to the fact that they did not even get one powerplay during the second and third periods.
To the disappointment of the Canadian fans in attendance, who began the game with their own rendition of their national anthem, it was Team Finland who opened the scoring. Juuso Puustinen beat goaltender Steve Mason with the help of Lucenius and Juutilainen. Canada turned it on after that suprising goal but was unable to capitalize on any of their chances. “After the first goal we were very nervous, but we settled down as the game went on and I thought our team got stronger and stronger,” said Canadian head coach Craig Hartsburg.
“We were all over them in that first period. We had so many opportunities; we even hit a couple of posts. I think we were really confident coming into the second period after our strong first, we knew it was just going to be a matter of time,” said Canadian forward John Tavares, agreeing with his coach comments.
It was only during a powerplay a full twenty minutes after the Finnish goal that John Tavares’s shot got by Sateri, who played a very strong game.
Canada took the lead early in the third period with a goal from Steven Stamkos with Doughty picking up an assist. Finland answered with a goal of their own when Jan-Mikael Juutilainen beat Canadian goaltender Steve Mason, following up on teammate Puustinen’s play. “Puustinen got the shot, and the rebound came to me and somehow I managed to score, a goal is a goal,” said Juutilainen, describing the play.
Brad Marchand then scored the game winning goal with a little under ten minutes of play remaining, completing a play by Doughty and Turris. Stefan Legein then scored on the empty net to bring the game to its final score of 4-2.
“Our first period was great, the second was not that great but still good, and in the third period Canada got a couple of easy goals, but that’s hockey,” said Juutilainen, who finished the game with two points.
“Our team had a lot of focus and played a high level of hockey today. It was our best game, tactically especially. For future games like this, we might need a little more offensive power,” said coach Rautakorpi, giving the media his final thoughts.
“We know it`s a tough road ahead, we play a great team in our next game,” said Hartsburg about his next opponent, Team USA, who have become one of Team Canada`s biggest rivals in international play.
Craig Hartsburg (coach of Canada): It was a very very competitive game and we had to play our best hockey today. After the first goal we were very nervous, but we settled down as the game went on and I thought our team got stronger and stronger. We didn`t get rattled from being behind and even in the third period we didn`t get rattled by a lucky goal. We know it`s a tough road ahead, we play a great team in our next game.
Jukka Rautakorpi (coach of Finland): Our first goal was little bit lucky. As was the second. Sometimes you think about the referee too, like our last penalty. Our team had a lot of focus and played a high level of hockey today. It was our best game, tactically especially. For future games like this, we might need more offensive power. You need at least two lines. We could have also used a few more powerplays, we got some in the first period but not in the second and third.