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Olympic replay: Finland vs. Germany

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
February 19, 2010

Salo

FINLAND vs. GERMANY

Finland and Germany just hit the ice. Salo vs. Ehrhoff. This is going to be good.

FIRST PERIOD

Both Finland and Germany seem like teams that would be pleased to go to a shootout even at 0-0.

With the amount of offence put forward in the first period, it’s safe to say my assumption was bogus.

Finland outshot Germany 8-6 with the Fins scoring the lone goal, which Tuomo Ruutu tipped over the goal line after Janne Niskala’s point shot beat goaltender Dimitri Patzold but died before leaving the blue paint.

Neither Salo or Ehrhoff played a major part in the period, although Patzold was thankful he practiced his kegels before the game because he put every muscle in the lower half of his body to use in keeping a Salo bomb out of the net.

At the other end Niklas Backstrom was awesome, especially on his glovely to meet you swipe of the mitt on Manuel Bakos’ fireball that had eyes for the back of the net.

SECOND PERIOD

Germany hasn’t scored yet this tournament and I don’t think our friends in black, yellow and red are about to get it done this game.

They came close, like bumper to bumper close, midway through the second frame when Jochen Hecht tipped a Korbinian Holzer point shot past Backstrom but it didn’t have enough momentum to carry over the goal line.

If Germany does score, it’ll be Ehrhoff. His shot has been juuuuust off the mark this game and he’s due.

The Fins did score in the second to take a 2-0 lead. Kimmo Timonen put home a perfect pass from Olli Jokinen with Saku Koivu picking up the second assist. Koivu is now one helper away from equaling the all-time Olympics mark of 22.

Speaking of records, when Finland took a 3-0 advantage, it was Timonen scoring again, assisted by Sami Salo and Teemu Selanne.

The Finnish Flash, whose poster I used to have when I was a young prairie boy rootin’ for the Winnipeg Jets, needed only one point to become the career points leader in Olympic men’s hockey.

Selanne is now the all-time points leader.

Congrats Teemu!

Congrats to Salo for the assist too, it just wasn’t quite the milestone of Selanne’s helper.

THIRD PERIOD

There wasn't much left to decide in the final period except whether I'd eat my arm in starvation or not.

I survived, despite my arm looking delicious.

The Germans needed Gretzky, Bossy and Lemieux to not only come out of retirement, but somehow become German, to help the underdogs pull off the phenomenal comeback.

That also didn’t happen as Finland scored another two goals, Jarkko Ruutu and Pitkanen picked them up, in a 5-0 shutout win. Backstrom stopped all 24 shots faced.

The highlight of this period wasn’t a goal, it wasn’t even the fantastic wave that flew around for what seemed like hours with fans unable to put their arms down, it was when a puck was sailing in the air through centre ice and Ruutu, a former Canucks agitator, leaped like Michael Jordan to grab it.

He gloved the puck and tossed it to a teammate for a rush down the ice; no jokes that Ruutu looked like Santonio Holmes when he made that diving grab to win the Super Bowl two years ago.

That’s it from day four of hockey. Twelve games down, 16 to go!

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