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World Juniors: Finland beats Sweden 3-2 in overtime to win gold

Jan 5, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT

Rasmus Ristolainen’s golden goal in overtime gave Finland a 3-2 victory against rival Sweden and their first World Junior Championships gold medal since 1998.

Ristolainen, a 2013 Buffalo Sabres first-round pick, pinched in deep to deke and beat Swedish goalie, and Blue Jackets prospect, Oscar Dansk for the game-winner. Blackhawks prospect Teuvo Teravainen assisted on all three Finnish goals.

Here’s video of the game-winner. Enjoy the Finnish call of the game.

Celebrating victory gets weird when you’re in Sweden though as Ristolainen shows in this GIF courtesy of CJZero.


Pippi Longstocking wigs are so in, you guys. It’s a Swedish thing so that’s just super.

It turned out to be a good tournament for fans of the Sabres and Nashville Predators. Swedish forward Filip Forsberg was named MVP of the tournament as well as Best Forward and was one of the tourney’s all-stars up front. Teravainen and Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha were also named to the all-star team.

Ristolainen won the award for Best Defenseman and he along with Russian defenseman Nikita Zadorov were named to the tournament’s all-star team as was Finnish goalie and Predators prospect Juuse Saros.

Next year’s tournament moves to Canada where it’ll be held in Toronto and Montreal. With Canada not winning a medal the past two years and not having won gold in five years, the pressure will be on.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Impressive game from 2 impressive squads. I like the fact that the WJCs have experienced parity in recent years. Looking forward to next year when I’ll able to watch more of the games live ha.

  2. lowenni - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    SUOMI! Buffalo must be pretty excited about that pair of Ristolainen and Zadorov, but I’m not too sold on Filip Forsberg’s skill translating to the NHL level completely.

  3. hawksin5 - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Teravainen…oh baby!!!! Saad-TT-Kane on second line. CANT WAIT

  4. djshnooks - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Between Grigorenko and Girgensons, and Zadorov and Ristolainen…the Sabres have some serious talent to start building around.

    2 defensive pillars, 2 offensive pillars…and a couple good goalie prospects in the system…the future is bright, Sabres fans.

    • lowenni - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      I don’t think Grigorenko is going to figure out his game, I just don’t see it translating to the NHL level. Girgensons I really like and he’s going to be a great two-way player, but he isn’t gonna be a true offensive catalyst. Zadorov and Ristolainen are both promising, but I think Buffalo still needs work in their forward depth.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      Don’t worry…. there’s plenty of goons out there to trade this talent for. You can’t win a stanley cup without 2 full lines of goons.

  5. mildfan - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Unreal ending to a great tournament! Thank You NHL network for introducing this tournament to the USA on TV finally thank you

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    I’d love to know what the Finnish announcer was saying. It sure sounded like a whole lot more than a Finnish version of: He scores!

    • capsfan14 - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:26 AM

      It was something along the lines of
      “Ristolainen drives to the net and tires to-..buuutt…. the puck is in the goal! Ristolainen wins the game with a stunning, bold, skillfull, [insert adjecvtive here], rise. For the third time ever Finland is the world champion.

      • capsfan14 - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:29 AM


  7. warrenhajr2013 - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    Thanks also a LOT and a LUMP for that this i of Mr. Yerdon’s said accounts recounts also that the Finnish players beat the ARCHOPPONENT Swedish players iii-goals-to-ii in overtime to win gold for a iiird overall time in World Juniors and for ist time since mcmxcviii w/the help of that Ristolainin’s goal that got past the goaltender Dansk as i of iii assisted by Teravainen of v overall in the said title match in which they’ve done so w/that for their nation’s inhabitants, for others and even for us, too was the MATCHWINNER and Championship TITLECLINCHER to win the said championship title match in which they’ve done so w/this for their nation’s inhabitants, for others and even for us, too….

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