Finland Tops Russia, 1-0, In IIHF World Championship Semifinal

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, center Evgeny Kuznetsov, and defenseman Dmitry Orlov’s hopes of winning the IIHF World Championships were shut down on Saturday when Finland came on top in a 1-0 victory over Russia in the Semifinal. Finland will play the winner of the game between the Czech Republic and Canada, which is at 1 PM ET on Saturday, in the Gold Medal game on Monday. Russia will get the loser of Canada-Czech Republic in the Bronze Medal game on Sunday at 9:45 AM ET.

Finland led 32-29 in shots for the game.

The game was scoreless until Finn captain Marko Anttila scored through the five-hole of Tampa Bay Lightning and Russian goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy on a rebound after Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Henri Jokiharju’s point shot was thwarted by Vasilevskiy with 9:42 left in regulation.

Ovechkin had a good chance to open the scoring for the Russians on a breakaway in the first period but was robbed by Finn goaltender Kevin Lankinen with the glove.

Orlov spoke to the media after the loss:

By Harrison Brown

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