Minus Tuukka Rask, Finland scoreless vs. Sweden

February 21, 2014

Kari Lehtonen is in goal for Finland in Friday’s semifinal against Sweden. (Martin Rose/Getty Images)

SOCHI, Russia — Playing without their top goaltender, the Finland men’s hockey team was locked in a scoreless tie against Sweden through the first period of Friday’s semifinal game.

Just two days after eliminating Alex Ovechkin and the Russian team, Tuuka Rask was not in uniform for the Fins on Friday, reportedly because of an illness. Kari Lehtonen, a netminder for the Dallas Stars, got the start in Rask’s place.

Finland didn’t show much life on the offensive end early but started spraying Sweden’s Henrik Lundqvist with shots late. Still, the Fins failed to take advantage of a 5-on-3 power-play.

Sweden held a 13-10 shot advantage in the opening period.

In three Olympic games, Rask, the Boston Bruins’ regular goaltender, had made 78 saves and allowed seven goals. He held the Russian team to just goal in Finland’s quarterfinal round win Wednesday.

The winner of today’s semifinal will face the winner of the United States-Canada game, which is scheduled for later today.

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Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.
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