To a big surprise, the Finnish national team was the first to reach the finals of the Slovak Hockey League after beating the Olympic national team of Russia 1-0 in the semi-finals on Saturday. The Finns will face Canada to beat the Czechs in the final in the second match of the day.
The Russians marched on stars such as Alexander Ovechkin, Yevgeny Malkin, or Ilya Kovalchuk to no avail, and despite trying to score a total of 32 goals in the game, they were unable to score in the sensational NHL AH Chicago Blackhaw defender Kevin Lankinen 24 years old.
On the other hand, the Finnish team managed to shoot a little less, 28 shots once, through Marco Antilla, who played in Jokerit (KHL), who in the 51st minute hit a long shot past Vasilevsky’s legs into the Russian goal.
the summary of the match:
To the surprise of the match, the Finns dominated the Russians, who played very comfortably in places, and were close to the goal twice before, but as soon as the Russian defenders got out of the throat, and once the goalkeeper made a lashing save. .
Then, after the Finnish goal, the Russians started to get a huge hairpin, but in hindsight, they couldn’t equalize for the remaining nine minutes. The Finns bid farewell to the Olympic champion after the World Championships that defended the Swedish national team and reached the final of the tournament on Sunday evening in Bratislava.
By the way, the final score 1-0 is not very common in the history of the World Hockey Championship, and it still happens in the group stage, but in the relegation stage we have to go back in time to 2010 for the last 1 match 0, and then the quarter-final match between Germany and Switzerland came with a similar result .
And in the second semi-final on Saturday Born on Paper, Canada easily beat the Czech Republic 5-1.
Result: Semi-finals (Bratislava):
- Finland – Russia 1-0 (0-0, 0-0, 1-0)
Target: Antilla (51.)
- Canada – Czechs 5-1 (1-0, 2-0, 2-1)
Target: Stone (6), Nurse (21), Dubois (26), Torres (47), Chabot (54), ElTV Zohorna (54)
(Cover photo: Ovecskin fights in front of the Finnish gate. Photo: RvS.Media/Robert Hradil/Getty Images Hungary)