SUNDAY: Olympic Ice Hockey Final FINLAND 2 - SWEDEN 3 - Swedes take gold medals
Scant consolation in four Finnish players' being selected for the All-Star team.
Finland came up a goal short in Sunday's Olympic final, losing 2-3 to Sweden for their first defeat of the tournament. The final blow was struck seconds after the start of the 3rd period by Swedish defenseman Nicklas Lidström, and despite desperate efforts in the closing minutes, the Finns could not get on level terms.
The disappointment was palpable, both among the players and those watching at home, and was hardly assuaged by the knowledge that four Finnish players - Antero Niittymäki, Kimmo Timonen, Saku Koivu, and Teemu Selänne - were selected for the media All-Star team. Goalie Niittymäki, a late replacement on the Finnish roster, was voted MVP for the entire tournament. The Czech Republic took the bronze medal after a 3-0 win over Russia on Saturday.
Congratulations to the entire Finnish Lions team and staff for a great performance in Torino.
The silver medals bring the Finnish Olympic haul to nine medals - six silver and three bronze.
In spite of the defeat in the final, the members of the Finnish Lions team will be returning by chartered jet this evening, for a reception party in Helsinki's Market Square. Tens of thousands are expected to attend, even though the players will not arrive until after midnight.
First period: (1-0) Finland 1 Sweden 0
14:45 1-0 Kimmo Timonen (Teemu Selänne - powerplay goal)
Second Period: (1-2) Finland 2 Sweden 2
24:42 1-1 Henrik Zetterberg (Mikael Samuelsson, Christian Bäckman - powerplay goal)
33:24 1-2 Niklas Kronwall (Zetterberg - powerplay goal)
35:00 2-2 Ville Peltonen (Jussi Jokinen, Olli Jokinen)
Third Period: (0-1) Finland 2 Sweden 3
40:10 2-3 Nicklas Lidström ( Mats Sundin, Peter Forsberg)