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Sabres at Worlds | Ruotsalainen tallies twice, adds SO winner for Finland

Olofsson scores in Sweden loss; USA defeats Germany

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Arttu Ruotsalainen scored twice in Finland's shootout victory over Canada on Tuesday morning at the IIHF World Championship in Latvia. 

On Monday, Victor Olofsson scored as Sweden was eliminated with a shootout loss to Russia while Tage Thompson and the United States earned a 2-0 win over J-J Peterka, Tobias Rieder and Germany. 

Here's your daily Sabres update from the tournament. 


Monday's results 

United States 2 - Germany 0

Thompson tallied two shots in 15:26 for the United States, which has clinched its place in the quarterfinal round. Germany must beat Latvia in its preliminary round finale on Tuesday to advance. 

Rieder tallied three shots in 15:46 for the Germans. Peterka skated 12:04 and tallied two shots.


Russia 3 - Sweden 2 (SO)

Olofsson had another dramatic goal after netting the winner on Sunday, this time burying the tying goal from the slot with 4:43 remaining in regulation. 

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: We are tied again!😮 Victor Olofsson. #RUSSWE #IIHFWorlds @vickeo @buffalosabres

Olofsson concludes the tournament with four points (3+1) in seven games. 


Tuesday's schedule 

Finland 3 - Canada 2 (SO)

Ruotsalainen twice tied the game during regulation, beginning with an end-to-end rush that erased a 1-0 deficit during the second period: 

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Coming in hot!! 🔥 A great individual effort by Arttu Ruotsalainen ties the game 1-1! 🇫🇮 #IIHFWorlds #CANFIN @leijonat @BuffaloSabres

He later finished off a 2-on-1 play from Anton Lundell to tie the game at 2-2 with four minutes remaining: 

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Uhh ohhhhhh���. the Finns have tied the game! 😳 🇫🇮Ruotsalainen with his second of the game at a BIG moment! 🔥#IIHFWorlds #CANFIN @leijonat @BuffaloSabres

Ruotsalainen also scored the winning goal in the shootout. He has four goals and one assist in seven games. 

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Arttu Ruotsalainen 3 - Canada 2#IIHFWorlds #CANFIN @leijonat @BuffaloSabres

Italy vs. United States - 9:15 a.m. on NHL Network

Germany vs. Latvia - 1:15 p.m.

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