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Ristolainen's overtime goal gives world junior gold to Finland

By John Vogl

During the gold-medal game of the world juniors today, Rasmus Ristolainen was named the best defenseman of the tournament. When the game ended, he was a national hero.

Ristolainen scored the winning goal in overtime, giving Finland a 3-2 victory over host Sweden. He skated down the right side and cut to the net to start the celebration.

"I saw that they played man-on-man defence in their own end," Ristolainen said on IIHF.com. "It was empty in front of the net. I just skated there. I tried just to put the puck somewhere hard and it went in."

Ristolainen, selected eighth overall by the Sabres, was joined on the all-tournament team by fellow first-round pick Nikita Zadorov.

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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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