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Rask denies he was too hungover to play versus Sweden

Feb 27, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

From CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty:

Rask, of course, came back to shut out the Americans, 5-0, in the bronze-medal game; however, his last-minute withdrawal from Finland’s semifinal contest versus rival Sweden caused quite the stir at the time.

Kari Lehtonen started in Rask’s place and stopped 23 of 25 shots in the 2-1 loss, which sent the Swedes to the gold-medal game versus Canada. Though Lehtonen didn’t play particularly poorly, the winning goal, on a point shot by Erik Karlsson, left a lot of Finnish fans wondering if the outcome would’ve been different if a healthy Rask had been in there.

Related: Did too much Austrian partying cost them a spot in the quarterfinals?

  1. charlieconway96 - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    “must’ve Tuukka one too many shots!” Thank you, I’ll be here all night folks… Let the down votes rain on.

    • sixchr - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      2 U’s 2 K’s 4 Shots. As long as he isn’t goofing off during the playoffs, which I’m confident he won’t, I don’t particularly care. He’ll be fine.

    • valoisvipers - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Viscous rumor at started by Tyler Seguin.

      • dschrode2013 - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        Thick and sticky rumor?

  2. hammerhead5573 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    No charlieconway 96, some people need to have sense of humor so I will not be giving you a thumbs down.

    • charlieconway96 - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Why thank you hammerhead. I was just mentally preparing my internet alter ego for the barrage of hate that usually follows jokes that should end in “HEYO!”.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Every one is looking for an angle. Can’t someone just have the flu?

  4. hockeyflow33 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Imagine that, fatty Haggerty runs down another goalie with innuendo. What a joke.

    • dropthepuckeh - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      So true. He’s still trying to make a name for himself and thinks that “going after” guys makes him more credible. Too bad he committed so hard to humping Seguin’s leg. How did that turn out for Hags.

  5. xdj511 - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Mickey Mantle had the flu a lot too.

  6. flyerspsu - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Don’t know what happened but the Flu screws you up for awhile, I find it a bit hard to believe he just got sick before the Sweden game but was good to go and fine for the U.S. game, I really have no idea what actually happened but that raises some red flags right there

  7. chrisincanada2016 - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    I Love Toukka Rask and I do not believe that he was too hung over for the game against Usa in Sochi Russia. I believe that he was just drunk enough to play and that’s why Keri Lehtonnen got the start. The Finns managed the shutout anyway ! GO NORTHERN HOCKEY !!!

  8. chrisincanada2016 - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Also, If you saw any of the members of the women’s hockey teams at the Olympics this year, you know why he was out to party !! CANADDAAAA!!!

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      And sports fans thought the dog pound was in Cleveland.

  9. badgerhockey77 - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Well…the Finns DO love their Vodka!

  10. madmax80 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    After eliminating Russia on their home ice, I think there was something PUT-IN his drink!!

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