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WORLDS: Lankinen shuts out Russia as Finland advances

The Blackhawks prospect made 32 saves as Finland is headed to the gold medal game

by Austin Siegel /

Kevin Lankinen turned in his best performance of the tournament and earned First Star of the Game honors. 


Finland 1, Russia 0

Kevin Lankinen continued a breakout tournament as Finland handed Russia their first defeat of Worlds, advancing to the Gold Medal Game behind a 32-save shutout performance from the Blackhawks prospect. 

The 24-year-old made a series of highlight-reel saves as he helped Finland defeat a Russian team featuring NHL stars Alexander Ovechkin, Nikita Kucherov and his opposite in net, Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. Lankinen picked up First Star of the Game honors in the win. 

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: A 32-save shutout for @KLankinen in a 1-0 @leijonat semi-final win over @russiahockeyHere are some great stops from Kevin Lankinen #IIHFWorlds@goicehogs @NHLBlackhawks More top plays >

Henri Jokiharju picked up a primary assist on Marko Anttila's game-winner for Finland, who are one game way from an unforgettable Worlds championship. 

Canada 5, Czech Republic 1

Dylan Strome picked up a secondary assist as Canada punched their ticket to the Gold Medal Game in a 5-1 over the Czech Republic. The Canadian victory sets up a Worlds Final with three members of the Blackhawks organization represented between Strome, Henri Jokiharju and Finland goalie Kevin Lankinen. 

Strome's helper gives him five points during Worlds (1 G, 4 A). Dominik Kubalik did not find the scoresheet for the Czechs in the loss. 

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