2010 Winter Olympics: Finland Blanks Germany, Teemu Selanne Sets Record

February 20th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Friday's game between Germany and Finland featured two goalies making their Olympic debuts.  However, it was clear which one had over 200 games played in the NHL and which one had three.

In a match up that looked more like a power-play clinic than an Olympic contest, Finland cruised to a 5-0 win over a hard-working but offensively impotent German squad.



Both teams employed a rather tentative strategy to start the game, using a trapping, defensive system for most of the first frame. 

However, Finland struck on the power play as Tuomo Ruutu converted on a shot from Janne Niskala that trickled through German goalie Dimitri Patzold's pads, hitting the post before being stuffed in by Ruutu. 

Finland started the second period with a bit more energy than they exhibited in the first and drew a penalty at 17:53. 

The resulting power play allowed Finland to push their lead to 2-0 as defenseman Kimmo Timonen snuck down from the left point to the front of the crease in time to deflect a pass from forward Olli Jokinen. 

The goal was Timonen's second of his Olympic career. Saku Koivu dre ...

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