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Selanne on loss to Canada: ‘We realized we can beat these guys’

Feb 16, 2014, 5:45 PM EST

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It may not have been a thrilling game to watch, but Canada’s 2-1 overtime win against Finland proved something to the Finns:

They can hang with the best in the world.

Finland captain Teemu Selanne told Olympic News Service that while a loss stinks, he knows they’ve got what it takes to win.

“We realized we can beat these guys,” said Selanne. “Obviously it’s a bad break at the end, but that’s hockey.”

The Finnish roster is a young one, but Selanne understands that hard-fought games like that teach a lesson that can carry them deeper in the tournament.

“When my teammates realized we can compete against these guys, it was a totally different game,” said Selanne. “That was a good confidence boost for us, and we can beat anybody when we play our best. Even with all the injuries that we have. That’s what happens in hockey. Just believe and do your best.”

Finland is without Mikko Koivu, Valtteri Filppula, and now Aleksander Barkov but that hasn’t slowed them down winning two out of three games in round-robin play and earning a bye into the quarterfinals. They’ll face the winner of Russia vs. Norway in that round.

  1. blomfeld - Feb 16, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    COULD SELANNE BE ONTO SOMETHING ?

    Like many other Canadians, I always cheer for Sidney Crosby as per instructed. Nonetheless, something is now telling me that this Canadian team may ‘not’ be equal to the glorious team of 2010? … and after watching today’s game coupled with these remarks by Selanne, that little ‘voice of uncertainty’ which I’ve been hearing now seems to be getting louder and louder? The bottom line is that I suspect Canada takes the next game, but after that it’s anyone’s guess …

  2. kclovesgaming - Feb 16, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Here’s a fact in case some of you had no idea. Finland is the only team to medal in the last 3 Olympics. They aren’t the flashiest and it takes a trap system to really have a chance, but they do it well and don’t give much up in terms of second and third chance opportunities.

    Canada dominated time of possession for probably 50 minutes, but Finland kept everything to the outside and collapsed very well, eliminating those second and third chance opportunities, in which I mentioned above.

    Its been a fun tournament so far. The US seem to have found the chemistry the fastest up front, but in one game eliminations, you just never know what is going to happen. Canada has easily the best defense, they’re activating a lot and that could cause a ton of problems for the better teams, especially if Canada’s offense gets going with it.

  3. djshnooks - Feb 16, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Yeah he’s “onto something,” you “moron.”

    It’s called be “realistic” and “confident.”

    “Do” “you” “know” “what” “that” “means” ?

    • blomfeld - Feb 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Listen you Schnook …

      before you start critiquing my unique ‘literary’ style, try learning how to compose correct grammar yourself ! (ie: it’s called be (being) “realistic” and “confident”) … I’ll have you know pal that ‘electronic’ wickedness coupled with a inability to speak the King’s English constitutes a ‘clod’ in my books … and trust me, my special action units have little time for clods like you !

  4. sportsfan69 - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    The Fins will be victorious over Putin’s dirty Russians once again. Teemu Selanne will lead his team like General Mannerheim did in 1940. Go Finland! Finnish women are some of the most wonderful and beautiful in the world. Sometimes, I really miss my mid-20’s.

  5. sportsfan69 - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Herr (Erich Hartmann) Blomfeld has signed up to fight with the Fins for victory.

  6. sportsfan69 - Feb 16, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Teemu Selanne confronts Sidney Crosby history of diving and dirty play.

    • blomfeld - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Comrade Sportsfan …

      Friend, it’s amazing that 99.9% of people don’t have a clue as to who Erich Alfred Hartmann was ? … the Black Devil, the ‘glorious’ leader of JG-52, the greatest fighter pilot of all time with 352 ‘confirmed’ kills ! Now of course there are critics who claim that the majority of Hartmann’s kills were against ‘Russian’ opponents, trying to insinuate that his heroics were somehow not that worthy ? Well of course as we know, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it’s really no different than whenever we Kings and Rangers start running up the score against Ovechkin and his Capitals ! :)

    • flyerspsu - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:25 PM

  7. jeffr85392 - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    I’ve been thinking all along the Finns should not be overlooked. You have to respect Teemu, my Coyotes’ Lauri Korpikoski, and the rest of that team.

    I suspect my colleague, blomfeld, is on to something.

  8. 19to77 - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Man. Just imagine how much scarier this year’s Finns would be if their top three centres weren’t out. You could make a convincing argument that they snubbed Saku Koivu by not selecting him even before all the losses – let alone after Filpulla and Mikko were lost – and even in spite of all of that, they’re doing well. The dark horse narrative almost writes itself. If this were the playoffs I’d be rooting for them on general principle. Always love a plucky underdog.

  9. flyerspsu - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM

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