Feb 13, 2014, 2:01 PM EST
Going into this tournament, Finland’s goaltending was expected to be one of its primary strengths and was arguably the deepest, if not the outright best, among the Olympic rosters.
With that in mind, the decision to replace Rask after a tough performance isn’t surprising given the nation’s alternatives. It is a bit curious though that they would go with Lehtonen next, who has been great with the Dallas Stars, but has just two games worth of playoff experience.
Finland’s other option, Antti Niemi, is a Stanley Cup champion. That being said, he’s never played in a World Championships, let alone the Olympics, while Lehtonen at least has some international experience.
Niemi was a healthy scratch today, but might serve as the backup tomorrow.
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