Feb 13, 2014, 5:25 AM EDT
The consensus is that if Finland goes deep in this Olympic tournament, it will be by keeping the score low. That said, the Finns displayed some firepower — especially early on — defeating Austria 8-4 in their Olympic opener on Thursday.
The Finns generated a 4-2 lead in the first period and added two more goals in the second and third, eventually doubling Austria up. To little surprise, the shot disparity was severe at 52-20.
Scoring was spread around pretty evenly for Finland. Mikael Granlund scored two goals and an assist to lead the way; Jarko Immonen, Petri Kontiola, Olli Maata and Sami Lepisto scored the others.
Austria’s Michael Grabner registered a hat trick in defeat.
It wasn’t all great news for Finland on the day, though. Teemu Selanne didn’t play in the last 40 minutes of the game and a trainer was seen massaging his neck on the bench during the first period. Naturally, Finland might have been playing it safe with the 43-year-old in a game that wasn’t particularly competitive (Selanne still finished with an assist), but it’s a situation to watch moving forward.
Austria is by no means a world hockey power, as its best talent is at the forward position with the likes of Thomas Vanek and Grabner. They’re unlikely to out-score their problems most nights, as opposing offenses could have a field day with goalies Bernhard Starkbaum (all eight goals allowed), Mathias Lange or Rene Swette.
With such a flawed opponent in mind, it’s difficult to take too much away from a game like this. Still, Finland made the statement it can light up the scoreboard — at least against lesser teams.
Apr 21, 2014, 11:24 AM EDT
Spearing has been a hot topic in the early stages of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Apr 21, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT
First playoff game at Nationwide in five years tonight.
Apr 21, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT
Columbus comes home after a game of franchise firsts in Pittsburgh.
Apr 21, 2014, 10:43 AM EDT
John Gibson and Sami Vatanen on their way down.
Apr 21, 2014, 10:24 AM EDT
Maybe he was a big fan of donuts.
Apr 21, 2014, 9:44 AM EDT
They’re a young team that isn’t intimidated.
Apr 21, 2014, 8:15 AM EDT
Columbus and Dallas host playoff games for first time in years.
Apr 21, 2014, 2:19 AM EDT
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Apr 21, 2014, 1:56 AM EDT
Apr 21, 2014, 1:28 AM EDT
This one could’ve gotten uglier than it did.
Apr 21, 2014, 12:47 AM EDT
Took this game over in the second period.
Apr 21, 2014, 12:20 AM EDT
Patrick Roy: “We’re going to be very smart about when he’s going to come back.”
Apr 20, 2014, 11:44 PM EDT
Apr 20, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT
Was shaken up after taking a knee to the head.
Apr 20, 2014, 10:52 PM EDT
Just another game between these two California rivals.
Apr 20, 2014, 10:34 PM EDT
Jon Cooper straddles the line between snarky and careful.
Apr 20, 2014, 10:09 PM EDT
Tough breaks for Tampa Bay.
Apr 20, 2014, 9:28 PM EDT
Remarkable … and risky?
Apr 20, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT
Kings hope to avoid two straight years of 0-2 first-round deficits.
Apr 20, 2014, 8:59 PM EDT
Tampa Bay’s captain managed to return later in the game.
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