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Finland 4, Czech Republic 2 FINAL

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TURIN, Italy (AP) - Jaromir Jagr was assisted off the ice with a bloody cut forehead and the Czech Republic suffered a 4-2 loss Saturday that kept Finland as one of two unbeatens in the Olympic men's hockey tournament.

Finland (3-0) secured a spot in the eight-team quarterfinals with the comeback win, rallying on two goals by Jere Lehtinen of the Dallas Stars and Teemu Selanne's fifth in three games after trailing 1-0.

The Czechs (1-2), given the best chance of taking the gold medal from favored Canada, lost their second in a row but still can reach the quarterfinals. They play winless Italy on Sunday and need only to finish in the top four in their six-team pool to move on, and Italy and Germany are winless with identical 0-2-1 records.

But how much of a threat the Czechs would be without their two best-known players - Jagr and goalie Dominik Hasek - is uncertain. Hasek, the goalie who led them to the 1998 gold medal, left Friday with an injured leg and will not play again in Turin, and Jagr's status is unknown.

With the score tied at 1 in the second period, Jagr was digging for the puck along the boards in the Czech end when Jarkko Ruutu of the Vancouver Canucks sped across the ice from the far edge of the left circle, his left elbow up, and rammed Jagr into the boards.

Jagr, the NHL's leading scorer for the New York Rangers, crumpled and lay face down for several minutes, a pool of blood collecting on the ice, before he was helped to the locker room.

Ruutu drew a game misconduct as the thousands of Czech fans in a nearly full arena whistled loudly for several minutes.

An already tense, physical game in a noisy arena became even more so after that, although there were no fights. Lehtinen put Finland up 2-1 at 15:02 of the second by poking the puck past goalie Tomas Vokoun during a scramble, but Marek Zidlicky tied it late in the second during a Czech two-man advantage.

Finland took the lead for good on Selanne's goal 30 seconds into the third period on a wrist shot from close in that Vokoun couldn't handle, and Lehtinen added his third in three games.

Finland goalie Antero Niittymaki of the Philadelphia Flyers played a strong game, turning aside 37 of 39 shots.

The only other unbeaten team in the 12-team tournament is Slovakia, which beat the United States 2-1 Saturday to stay atop Group B.

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