All bets are off when it comes to the 2014 Olympics. Russia’s Men’s Ice Hockey team was expected to do extremely well, but were shockingly eliminated on Feb. 19 when they lost 3-1 to Finland.
No home-rink advantage there. With a goalie as strong as Tuukka Rask, it was impossible for Russia’s hockey team to overtake Finland’s in the Olympic games in Sochi, causing them to lose in the quarterfinals.
Russia Loses In Olympics’ Men Ice Hockey
“Russia had chances but could never put the puck in the net, frustrated by some great saves,” said CBS News’ Steve Futterman from Sochi. “As the final seconds ticked off, you could the emotional strain on the faces of the Russian team.”
Juhamatti Aaltonen and Teemu Selanne scored early goals at the Boyshoy Ice Dome for the Finns, followed by a later shot by Mikael Granlund. Goalie Tuuka Rask made a whopping 37 saves. After Russai’s Alexander Semin broke away, the crowd went crazy — however, they were quickly quieted when Tuuka made a shockingly impressive save.
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Ilya Kovalchuk made the only goal for Russa in the beginning on a Power Play, but the team couldn’t regain the power to score past Tuuka again. Semyon Varlamov was Russia’s goalie, but he was pulled after allowing all three goals in.
While Russia was favored in the game have have eight medals under their belt from hockey in the past years, they have not taken home a gold in the past 22 years.
Finland will continue to the semifinals and will compete against Sweden on Feb. 21. Will you be watching, HollywoodLifers?
— Emily Longeretta