Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Welcome to the Official Site of the Philadelphia Flyers Join the Flyer Wire List Official Facebook of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Twitter of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Instagram of the Philadelphia Flyers Official LinkedIn of the Philadelphia Flyers
 

Finland, Timonen fall to Swedes

Flyers defenseman to play for a third bronze medal on Saturday

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 1:31 PM / News
By Jay Greenberg  - philadelphiaflyers.com
X
Share with your Friends


Finland, Timonen fall to Swedes
Flyers defenseman to play for a third bronze medal on Saturday

Tuukka Rask was ill, unable to answer the bell.

Finland? Sick of being eliminated by Sweden.

In Torino, 2006, the Swedes beat the Finns in the gold-medal game, 3-2 when a point shot by Nicklas Lidstrom sailed through early in the third period.

At Sochi on Friday, it was Erik Karlsson, Lidstrom’s heir as the best Swedish blueliner in existence, who blew one by Rask replacement Kari Lehtonen on a second-period power play to put Sweden into Sunday’s gold medal game.

Unscreened, and off Lehtonen’s arm, the deciding goal in Sweden’s 2-1 victory was not a good one, much like feeling for the Finns and the Flyers’ Kimmo Timonen.

On Saturday Timonen will play for his third bronze and fourth medal in a remarkable five Olympics, not bad for a citizen of a nation with a population of 5.4 million, barely more than half of Sweden’s. Russia, which fell to the Finns 3-1 in the quarterfinals, has 143 million persons.

Finland 17-44-5 against Sweden in Olympic and World Tournament play, pulled a shocker to win the World Junior Championship and earned every bit of the praise it received through four games for being the most together team in the tournament.

On the big international ice, the country dares to dream big. So this loss hurt, every bit as much as Rask had to be hurting to have to decline the opportunity to play Finland’s most natural rival, Sweden, with so much at stake.

It gets a little crowded on the Scandinavian peninsula, all the better for rivalry purposes. Had the Finns been able to pack more bodies around Henrik Lundqvist’s crease, this time they would have had the happy ending.

Sweden’s goalie looked bad when Olli Jokinen’s wide angle shot off a waved-off icing squeezed through to give Finland a 1-0 lead early in the second period. But after Finland failed to cash a 1:35 five-on-three opportunity in the first period, its good chances were minimal.

Meanwhile, the Swedes were rallying around Lundqvist to take back the lead.

Timonen fights off Pavel Datsyuk in Finland's 3-1 win over Russia.

Loui Ericksson tied the game off tic-tac-toe passing by Nicklas Backstrom and Jonathan Ericsson after Daniel Sedin forced a giveaway by Olli Maatta. Then with Jokinen in the box, Karlsson unloaded and Lehtonen couldn’t handle it.

The Swedes, Nicklas Hjalmarsson, in particular, blocked a lot of shots, controlled the play, even as they were content to sit on the lead. The line of Sedin, Backstrom and Loui Eriksson was better than any one with which the Finns could counter, particularly since they were playing without either Saku or Mikko Koivu.

These are big talents irreplaceable to a small country, which on Friday was left to lament the “little things” Finland coach Erkka Westerlund said went wrong.

"We had chances to win this game but we also had difficult periods."

The Finns also didn’t have their best goalie while the other guys had Karlsson, who has eight points in the tournament. “He's the best D-man-slash-forward in the world," Patrik Berglund said. "We're happy to have him.”

Not so happy will be Finland with a third bronze to go with that silver in 2006, in five Olympic tournaments. The NHL professionals did not come here to play for third place.

And Finland certainly didn’t show up to finish second to Sweden.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 64 19 46 6 65
C. Giroux 63 18 42 2 60
W. Simmonds 64 25 18 -2 43
M. Streit 64 9 32 -5 41
B. Schenn 64 12 23 -6 35
S. Couturier 64 13 16 2 29
M. Del Zotto 52 8 17 -6 25
M. Read 64 6 18 -9 24
M. Raffl 49 14 5 6 19
V. Lecavalier 46 7 10 -9 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 8 .924 2.27
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
Privacy Policy | AdChoices | California Privacy Rights | Contact Us | Advertise Employment | NHL.com Terms of Use

Philadelphiaflyers.com is the official Web site of the Philadelphia Flyers. Philadelphia Flyers and philadelphiaflyers.com are trademarks of Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all 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 Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.