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Finns beat U.S. in shootout to reach semis, Canada tops Swiss 5-1

Finns beat U.S. in shootout to reach semis, Canada tops Swiss 5-1

Jere Lehtinen scored the lone goal in a penalty shootout to give Finland a 5-4 victory over the United States and a place in the semifinals of ice hockey's World Championship.
Finland will next take on Russia on Saturday for a spot in the final.
Earlier, Matthew Lombardi scored twice to lead Canada into the semifinals after a 5-1 win over Switzerland.
Canada will face Sweden. The Canadians beat the Swedes in the 2003 and '04 championship games.
After five Americans and four Finns failed to convert their penalty attempts, Lehtinen put his shot past U.S. goalie John Grahame into the roof of the net.
"It's kind of a relieved feeling. I was a little nervous," the 1999 Stanley Cup champion and 1995 world champion said. "But our goalie (Kari) Lehtonen kind of gave it to me easier because he saved the shot from the U.S. shooter before me.
"I knew what I wanted to do. The goalie was pretty deep so I just wanted to shoot it high and I got a pretty good shot."
The Americans rallied four times from a one-goal deficit before capitulating.
Tomi Kallio scored on a power play at 15:32, putting the Finns ahead 4-3 at the end of the second period. But Andrew Hutchinson equalized on another power play with 5:40 remaining, one-timing a cross-ice pass from Phil Kessel to send the game into overtime.
Tuomo Ruutu put Finland ahead with 2:57 to go in the first period, taking the puck off the boards and firing a slap shot under Grahame's right leg.
Tobias Petersen equalized the score 48 seconds into the second period, while the Americans were short-handed.
The two teams traded goals twice more, with Pekka Saravo and Jari Viuhkola putting Finland ahead only for Tyler Arnason and Lee Stempniak to tie for the United States.
"They came out hard at the beginning and took it to us but we battled back," Arnason said. "It's disappointing to lose in a penalty shootout but in a tournament like this, where you play a lot of games, it's part of the game I guess."
Finland earned the bronze last year in Latvia. The U.S. took bronze in 2004.
"Our team played with a lot of heart," U.S. coach Mike Sullivan said. "They showed a lot of resilience. There was no quit in them. This might have been their best game of the tournament even if they lost."
Lombardi scored his first with five minutes remaining in the first, stealing the puck from Swiss forward Sandy Jeannin and backhanding it past goalie Jonas Hiller.
Jamal Mayers doubled the lead at 9:05 of the second, but Paul di Pietro but the lead with a slap shot 38 seconds later.
Rick Nash capitalized on a two-man advantage to make it 3-1, banging in a loose puck in the crease at 14:40, and Lombardi stuffed in a stray puck 6:03 into the final period for his sixth goal of the tournament.
"It's just going to the net and pucks are finding their way to my stick and then into the net," Lombardi said. "Obviously getting the opportunity to play with Rick Nash and Shane Doan is so exciting. Those guys are playing so well, I'm reaping benefits from it."
Shea Weber scored the final goal with a long-range slap shot with less than three minutes remaining.
The Swiss hurt themselves with nine penalties, more than twice the Canadians' four.
The win avenged Canada's 2-0 loss to Switzerland at the Turin Olympics.
"Obviously we touched on it but it wasn't our main focus," Lombardi said. "Everybody knew what happened and you move on from there. We're not going to sit around and talk about that the whole time.
"We definitely didn't want to underestimate this team. They have a great team," Lombardi added.
Switzerland finishes the tournament in eighth place.
"Of course our objective was to make the quarterfinals," Switzerland forward Valentin Wirz said. "But it's still a little frustrating. That's been our goal for four or five years now. It would be good if we could raise that a notch."


Updated : 2021-10-21 15:35 GMT+08:00