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Quarterfinal • Feb. 19 • Finland vs. Russia • Part I

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Quarterfinal • Feb. 19 • Finland vs. Russia • Part I

2014 Olympic Games
Quarterfinal


February 19
7:30 AM ET • 13:30 CET • 16:30 MSK




Finland
Projected lineup.

Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
64 Mikael Granlund
26 Jarkko Immonen
8 Teemu Selänne
28 Lauri Korpikoski
12 Olli Jokinen
15 Tuomo Ruutu
36 Jussi Jokinen
27 Petri Kontiola
50 Juhamatti Aaltonen
71 Leo Komarov
21 Jori Lehterä
41 Antti Pihlström

Left Defense
Right Defense
44 Kimmo Timonen
45 Sami Vatanen
3 Olli Määttä
6 Sami Salo
18 Sami Lepistö
38 Juuso Hietanen
5 Lasse Kukkonen
4 Ossi Väänänen

Starter
Backup
40 Tuukka Rask
31 Antti Niemi

Scratched
Reason
F 16 Aleksander Barkov
Injury
F 23 Sakari Salminen
Healthy
G 32 Kari Lehtonen
Healthy

Russia
Projected lineup.

Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
71 Ilya Kovalchuk
13 Pavel Datsyuk
47 Alexander Radulov
8 Alexander Ovechkin
11 Yevgeniy Malkin
24 Alexander Popov
41 Nikolai Kulyomin
42 Artyom Anisimov
28 Alexander Syomin
43 Valeriy Nichushkin
27 Alexei Tereshchenko
91 Vladimir Tarasenko
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10 Viktor Tikhonov

Left Defense
Right Defense
79 Andrei Markov
26 Vyacheslav Voinov
82 Yevgeniy Medvedev
74 Alexei Yemelin
6 Nikita Nikitin
77 Anton Belov
51 Fyodor Tyutin
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Starter
Backup
1 Semyon Varlamov
72 Sergei Bobrovskiy

Scratched
Reason
F 15 Alexander Svitov
Healthy
D 5 Ilya Nikulin
-
G 30 Alexander Yeryomenko
Healthy

Officials
 
Referee
Kelly Sutherland
Referee
Marcus Vinnerborg
Linesman
Greg Devorski
Linesman
Jesse Wilmot


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Can we please trade Vinnerborg for a russian referee? Or that Kovalchuk goes player referee?

If it is a close game Vinnerborg will win it for the russians.

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Varlamov starting.

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Can we please trade Vinnerborg for a russian referee? Or that Kovalchuk goes player referee?

If it is a close game Vinnerborg will win it for the russians.
Maybe you should concentrate on the real problems and not turn into a sore loser even before the game has been played.

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This nightmare for me again... This game can be decided by either Malkin/Ovechkin playing their game or Finland performing to perfection.

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really hoping the Russians don't get their game together just in time for this game or we're screwed

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Vinneborg is the referee.. We are doomed. He is the most easily bribed, Finland hating referee ever walked on earth.

We will suffer from bad power play calls and are very likely to lose the game. It has always been this way when Vinneborg is the referee, and I don't see it changing.

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good luck to both teams...i love the finn's so i will be pulling for them but i hope both teams play a great game and let the better team win.....hope for big/good games out of teemu and sami V

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Vinneborg is the referee.. We are doomed. He is the most easily bribed, Finland hating referee ever walked on earth.

We will suffer from bad power play calls and are very likely to lose the game. It has always been this way when Vinneborg is the referee, and I don't see it changing.
Some Finnish fans were saying the same thing about the Canadian ref the day before their game against Canada. Finland should not worry about who the ref is. If they duplicate their effort in the Canada game, and if their goaltending comes up big, they can pull off the upset.

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I think if we can play the same way as we did against Canada the Russians will get frustrated and that will be our chance

ps. man I picked the wrong week to quit smoking

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I'm expecting this game to be similar to Finland-Canada. There's definitely potential for horrible humiliation but I hope this will be competitive. Russia will come out guns blazing but if we can keep them out of the scoreboard for the first period then anything is possible. I do believe however, that we are able to generate a little bit more scoring chances than against Canada. We just need to bury those chances.

We also need solid goaltending of course. Rask can't let in goals he did against Canada. I was positively surprised how few glaring mistakes our defense made against Canada. They'll clear most of the rebounds but Rask probably still has to make a couple of big saves for us to have a chance.

To be brutally honest I think we'd see better games in the semis if Finland loses. Especially with this lineup and Erkkas coaching rest of the games against Finland will be "the most boring hockey games" people have ever seen. I love those defensive battles but I can understand why most people do not.

Someone said in the Finland's roster discussion thread that Finland is using Granlund wrong and I have to agree. We are not taking advantage of our best offensive player. He should play center to use his strengths. Especially with this style of play when we mostly try to attack quickly. Granlund doesn't have the speed to play this style of play at the wing. Another option would be to use more organized attacks and control the puck a little bit more. (The infamous "johtavan viivelähtö" )

To better our chances I made a big bet against Finland. I never win when gambling. Tremble Russia!

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Finland's style will not be pretty but I think it will be effective. I can totally see this game going to overtime.

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Oh, I also predict that:
1. This is the most boring hockey game you have ever seen. How can this be Olympic quarter finals!?!? DO NOT WATCH!
2. All fans are whiners and you will lose all respect for everybody. DO NOT READ THESE THREADS!


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Vinneborg is the referee.. We are doomed. He is the most easily bribed, Finland hating referee ever walked on earth.

We will suffer from bad power play calls and are very likely to lose the game. It has always been this way when Vinneborg is the referee, and I don't see it changing.
Is there some kind of evidence supporting this claim or is it just the same kind of exaggeration than "Lasse Kukkonen is the most unreliable d-man ever"? What is Finland's record with Vinnerborg as a ref?

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To better our chances I made a big bet against Finland. I never win when gambling. Tremble Russia!
Great minds think alike

I want to lose the money though... So who knows how lady luck will play this out...

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I just noticed that they still haven't announced who starts in net. They never take this long.

Guys... they're going to hit us with a curve ball. Lehtonen goes. I'm calling it.

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I just noticed that they still haven't announced who starts in net. They never take this long.

Guys... they're going to hit us with a curve ball. Lehtonen goes. I'm calling it.
My guess is Pasi has told the IOC that all three goalers are injured and has emergency registered himself to go between the pipes.

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YEAH FINLAND BABY!


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Russians will win handedly.

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My guess is Pasi has told the IOC that all three goalers are injured and has emergency registered himself to go between the pipes.
great mind think alike indeed. I was just about to post this

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I don't really know who to cheer for, finland is more trouble for sweden then russia with their workethic. But then again we always find a way to beat finland...

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Predicting 4-2 to Russia.

Should be a real exciting game.

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If the Russians get the crowd going and find an early goal, it could turn ugly for the Finns. On the other hand, frustrate the Russians long enough and perhaps have the crowd turn on them a bit, and they have a good chance. Discipline will play a big part.

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