Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. General Sports

Russia falls to Finland in quarterfinals, fails to medal in third straight games

See also

The dream of winning gold in their homeland is over for the Russian hockey team.

After defeating Norway on Tuesday to move into quarterfinals, the host nation for this year’s Olympics fell short against Finland Wednesday; ending their tournament with a 3-1 loss. Russia has now failed to medal in three straight Olympic games.

The Russian team got on the board first, with a wicked one-timer from Ilya Kovalchuk finding its’ way past Finnish goaltender Tuukka Rask on the powerplay. Yet with the weight of their country’s lofty expectations on their shoulders (and Finland’s stout defensive system in front of them); that was all the offense they could muster.

Finland got the equalizer when Juhamatti Aaltonen made a strong move out of the corner and tucked the puck under the arm of Russian goaltender Semyon Varlamov just over a minute later.

The 43-year-old Teemu Selanne proved yet again that age is but a number; leading the way offensively for Finland with a goal and an assist. In his sixth Olympic games, the Finnish captain has four points in four games; and is the Olympics all-time leading scorer with 41 points in 35 contests.

Mikael Granlund added a powerplay goal in the second period, burying a rebound off of a Selanne shot; and ending Varlamov’s night. The 21-year-old Granlund, who also assisted on Selanne’s goal, was not even born when Selanne participated in his first Olympics in 1992.

Finland clamped down the defense in the third period, forcing the Russian forwards to the outside and limiting their quality chances. Russia managed 38 shots, but aside from the one tally, could not solve Rask.

Stars Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin again failed to produce offensively. Neither has scored since the opening minutes of their first preliminary round game; something that ultimately contributed to their early exit in the tournament.

"It’s difficult to explain why we didn’t score especially the players who usually score on their teams like Alexander OvRadulovechkin who scored over 40 goals. I cannot explain it", said Russian coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov. "I apologize to the fans for our result. It was an unfortunate game for us.”

In a rematch of the 2006 finals, Finland will now play rival Sweden in the semifinals on Friday.

Advertisement

Sports

  • Legendary swimmer Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, will he compete in Rio?
    Video
    Recreational Sports
  • Check out the NHL Ice Girls that are heating up rinks all across the country
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • St. Louis Rams offer $100k if you can guess their 2014 schedule correctly
    NFL News
  • Eagles running back LeSean McCoy slams Tim Tebow on Twitter
    NFL News
  • Never watched rugby before? Here's 20 reasons you should start
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • UFC champ Jon Jones denies posting homophobic comments on Instagram
    Fight Sports

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!