Finland wins over Czech Republic 2 – 0 due to a helmet malfunction and an open net. Scoping Wednesday’s Finland and Czech Republic hockey game for areas of weakness proved easy. Finland may not be the perfect match for the undefeated U.S. hockey team on Friday.
The men’s U.S. Olympics hockey team has Ryan Miller who today protected a goal with forceful eye against Switzerland. Switzerland’s goaltender Jonas Hiller played an outrageous game of saves, absolutely incredible.
The U.S. team was a powerhouse of shots while Switzerland waged war in defending their goal behind one goaltender, Hiller. U.S.’s Parise scored in 3rd period, both with a goaltender and without. Switzerland’s open net made the 2nd goal easy. U.S. won 2 – 0, moving up.
But who was going to win tonight’s game between Finland and Czech Republic? That was the big question before 3rd period.
The Czech team proved check worthy as the Finns seemed more of textbook style in plays. Both goaltenders could be compared to Miller and Hiller if the game had more “salsa” in the shots. However, no one seen it coming, not even Czech Republic’s #77 Kubina.
Czech’s defenseman Kubina had a hockey helmet malfunction when the strap broke and the helmet flew off his head behind Czech Republic’s net. When he retrieved it he turned around to see that Niklas Hagman, Finland’s #10, scored. Hagman scored due to Kubina’s absence, it was written all over Kubina’s face.
In hockey the name of the game is lose your equipment and you better grab it fast, no one is stopping the game for you. Well, unless a goal or net comes apart or someone’s skate goes flying into the air not attached to a foot.
A serious upset leaving Czech out of the competition. But that wasn’t all.
The 2nd goal went to Finland’s #51, Valttera Filppula, who gracefully placed the puck into an open net after 2 minutes left on the clock and goaltender Tomas Vokoun was pulled away from his Czech post. Vokoun had no other choice than to take the break himself since another man on the ice could have evened the score. Could have, but didn’t.
2 – 0, sounds familiar, even the layout of the game deems comparable. U.S. has a great goaltender. Finland’s goaltender held up quite well. U.S. scored in 3rd period. Finland scored in 3rd period. U.S. scored an open net. And Finland scored an open net. But the only difference would be the equipment malfunction and the lack of force in play.
If the helmet had stayed on Kubina’s head then perhaps Finland would have won by one with the open net. However, Finland needed the assistance of either someone preoccupied or no goaltender in reaching the win.
The U.S. against Finland hockey game is on Friday. Make no plans, the U.S. men’s hockey team will be rested and ready to ride the Finns off of the ice.
Source(s): Self-source; Vancouver Winter Olympics