Predators defenseman Kimmo Timonen and his Finland squad will be competing for a gold medal Sunday in the Olympic men's ice hockey finals, while Czech teammates Tomas Vokoun, Marek Zidlicky and Martin Erat will face their fellow Predator Danny Markov and Russia in a battle for the bronze medal on Saturday.
Finland advanced by downing Russia 4-0 on Friday. Timonen assisted on two of the four goals--both on the power play. The first, scored by former Predator Ville Peltonen, was the eventual game winner as goaltender Antero Niittymaki stopped all 21 shots he faced to blank the Russians.
In Friday's other semifinal, Zidlicky posted an assist and Vokoun replaced starting goaltender Milan Hnilicka midway through the second period in a 7-3 loss to Sweden. The game was knotted 1-1 after the opening 20 minutes, but Sweden struck for three goals in the first 7:54 of the middle frame to chase Hnilicka in favor of Vokoun. Nashville's No. 1 netminder stopped 10 of 12 shots, making some impressive saves while having little chance on Sweden's two tallies against him. Zidlicky's assist was his first of the tournament, and combined with his three goals over five previous games, ranks him in a tie for second among defenseman in tournament scoring with four points.
Remaining Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Schedule
Saturday, February 25
BRONZE MEDAL GAME
Czech Republic vs. Russia
NBC, 1:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, February 26
GOLD MEDAL GAME
Finland vs. Sweden
NBC, 7 a.m. CT
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