SOCHI, Russia (USA TODAY) - The Russians are gone from the Olympic men's hockeytournament and the Finns are moving forward as they always do.
TheFinns stunned the pro-Russia crowd by notching a 3-1 win that knocksRussia out of the tournament. The Finns will now face Sweden in Friday'ssemifinal.
Although the Finns have never won the Olympic hockeygold medal, Finland is the only country to win three medals in the men'stournament since the NHL started sending its players in 1998.
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TeemuSelanne, 43, and Mikael Granlund, 21, who wasn't born when Selanneplayed in his first Olympiad, each produced a goal and an assist to pacethe Finnish attack.
But goaltending was a major story in thisgame as Finnish goalie Tuukka Rask resembled a stone wall and Russianstarter Semyon Varlamov couldn't come up with the big save when it wasmost needed. Varlamov was pulled not long after giving up his thirdgoal.
Rask of the Boston Bruins was particularly sharp in thesecond period made 11 saves including some dramatic stops againstAlexander Popov, Alexander Semin and Evgeni Malkin.
Ilya Kovalchukhad scored on a booming one-timer at 7:51 of the first period to giveRussia a 1-0 lead. But Finland answered at 9:18 on a goal by JuhamattiAaltonen who made some neat moves and squeezed the puck under Varlamov'sarm for the tying goal.
Once Finland built the lead to 3-1, itplayed a smothering defense. No Russian could enter the zone withouthaving several Finnish players on him and players threw their bodies infront of shots. The shots that got through was confidently stopped byRask.