Russia trailing Finland, 2-1, after one period

 


Finland players celebrate after their teammate Juhamatti Aaltonen scored  in the first period. (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

After an entertaining first period at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, Russia is trailing Finland in its quarterfinals matchup, 2-1, with the go-ahead goal scored by 43-year-old Finnish legend Teemu Selanne.

Finland’s Mikael Granlund beat Russian defenseman Vyacheslav Voinov to a loose puck in the neutral zone and fed Selanne, who, while unable to get off a real shot, was able to push the puck between Russian goalie Semyon Varlamov’s legs to put the Finns ahead.

Russia’s lone goal came on a power play, on a vicious blast by Ilya Kovalchuk, set up by a pass from Pavel Datsyuk. But the Finns answered right back, when Juhamatti Aaltonen juked past Russia’s Nikita Nikitin and slipped the puck under Varlamov’s arm — the first non-shootout goal allowed by Russia in more than 140 minutes of ice time.

Alex Ovechkin’s quiet Olympics continues, his most notable moment coming late in the period when he was blasted into the boards by Finland’s Leo Komarov. Ovechkin, who last scored a goal on his first shift of the tournament, tallied one shot on goal in 5:43 of ice time in the period.

Dave Sheinin has been covering baseball and writing features and enterprise stories for The Washington Post since 1999.
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