Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski notched two assists to help Finland defeat the United States, 5-0, on Saturday in the bronze medal game at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Korpikoski, who played 17:14, assisted on Finland’s first goal, scored by Teemu Selanne at 1:27 of the second period and Finland’s fourth goal, scored by Selanne at 9:06 of the third period.
The bronze medal is Korpikoski’s first Olympic medal. In 2006, Korpikoski, 27, won a bronze medal with Finland at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
Korpikoski played in all six games for Finland at these Olympics, his first, and finished with two goals and two assists.
Before the Olympics, Korpikoski said he liked Finland’s chances to win a medal in Sochi:
"Our goaltending is good. All three goalies can play. I think chemistry is another thing. I think we have some guys that have played together before. We don’t have really big names in there but we have some solid players that can play good on both sides of the puck. So I think the key for us is to find some scoring. We don’t have a lot of scorers but if we get some scoring, some guys that are having a good tournament offensively, that will help us and then we just play good defense. That’s kind of the way a team can always have success."
Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said Korpikoski impressed him at the Olympics.
"It was a real positive experience for him," Tippett said. "Hopefully he brings that confidence back."
Meanwhile, Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden) and goalie Mike Smith (Canada) also are still at the Winter Olympics. Those teams will play in the gold medal game on Sunday.
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