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Live: Finland vs. Russia

We're here at HSBC Arena for the last game of the quarterfinals between the Finns and the Russians with the winner getting Sweden at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Should be interesting to see how Finns perform here against a long-time rival. Finns have whipped everyone since losing to U.S. in overtime last Sunday. Russia, which played in the tougher Group with Sweden and Canada, found its offense in wins over Norway and the Czech Republic.


9:57 p.m.: Puck drop.

7:37 left: Valtteri Virkunen stopped by Shikin.

5:44: Fine left pad save Ortio on hard shot from point by Dmitri Orlov through traffic.

3:16: Kuznetsov ends it with a writer that beats Ortio high after Kitsyn wins battle in corner and gets pass out to Kuznetsov in right circle. Celebrates with Maxim Afinogenov belly flop.

Final, Russia 4-3.

Third period

9:15 p.m.: Puck drop, with Finns having two-man advantage for 1:24.

17:36: Finns finally cash in on power play as Joonas Donskoi fires in rebound of his own shot after nice feed off wide rush by Teemu Pulkkinen. Finns lead, 3-1.

3:41: Russia makes it interesting with a power-play goal as Yevgeni Kuzentsov jams in the rebound after being intially stopped on shot while driving to the net from the corner. Finland leads, 3-2.

1:38: Mother Russia strikes again. Kitsyn puts in a rebound after Kuzentsov is stopped by Ortio after splitting the Finnish defense for the one-on-one chance. Tied, 3-3.

End of third: Tied 3-3. Shots 40-35 Russia. Ten minute sudden death overtime period. If no one scores then its on to the shootout. Oh joy.

Second period

8:25 p.m.: Puck drop.

17:33 left: Finns just kill off Russian power play. Russia had a couple chances, the biggie a blast from the top of the faceoff circle by Semyon Valuiski that was stopped and held by Ortio.

17:00: Finns get power play chance now.

15:00: Fine passing display but looking for perfect chance and didn't get it. Shooting the puck is never a bad idea.

13:56: Some 4-on-4 play for two minutes.

12:20: First real good chance with extra room by either team as Finland's Erik Haula rings one off the pipe.

6:40: Russia hits the post as shot by Denis Golubev is deflected off the iron by Valuiski.

5:49: Toni Rajala blasts one wide on the doorstep for Finns. Shots are 21-20 Russia.

2:34: Eleven seconds after Finn goalie Joni Ortio robs Maxim Kitsyn twice on the doorstep, Finland goes the other way and scores, a goal by Julius Junttila on a semi breakaway, top shelf stick side. Finland leads, 2-1.

1:59: Ortio beats Stanislav Bocharov, who was all alone point blank range between the hash marks and had the shot eaten up by an aggressive save. 

End of second: Russia outshoots Finns 12-8 in period but got outscored 1-0. Shots for game, 25-25. Finns will have 2-man advantage for 1:24 to start third period. Chance to pull away. Ortio is playing like a man between the pipes for Finns.

First period

7:39 p.m.: Puck drop.

18:14 left: Mikka Salomaki has a chance denied by Russian goalie Dmitri Shikin.

16:34: Finland goalie Joni Ortio's turn to get into the saving act as he denies quality chance by Semyon Valuiski.

12:31: Toni Rajala fires wide on a 2-on-1 for the Finns.

10:20: Iiro Pakarinen is denied twice by Shinkin on the doorstep.

9:50: Russia lights the lamp. Yuri Urychev shot from the point tipped in by a Finn defenseman. Russia leads, 1-0.

7:28: Finland scores, we get the Sabres' horn and cheers. Teemu Pulkkinen stuffs in feed from behind the net from Iiro Pakarinen, who collected the rebound of a shot near the crease and skated around the goal. Tied, 1-1.

6:25: Finns have gotten some chances but haven't cashed, either firing wide or being stopped by Shikin. We'll find out as the game goes on if that winds up being costly.

5:21: Nice stop on short side by Ortio on feed from behind net to keep it tied.

End of first: We are tied at 1-1. Finland holds 17-13 edge in shots. Dmitri Shikin, who played well in a 2-0 loss earlier in the tournament, is giving Russia a chance, making several quality stops. Ortio has looked rather calm between pipes for Finns.

---Miguel Rodriguez

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