Both Finland and Norway played for the second straight day, but it seemed like on Finland and legs left. In their first game Norway lost to Canada 3-1; while Finland rolled over Austria 8-8. This afternoon Norway was not so lucky, and Finland kept putting the puck in the net.
The scoring opened up in under six minutes. Teemu Selanne scored to put Finland up by a goal. The first period would end in a 3-0 lead Finland. Also scoring in the first period was Lauri Korpikoski, and Jori Lehtera. Norway was out-shot 13-6 in the period.
Unfortunately the second period was not unlike the first. Finland took it to Norway and was able to score two more goals. Once again Norway was unable to break the 10 shot on goal mark, only managing 9 shots in the period. Finland’s puck movement and faster play was too much for Norway to handle. The goal scores for Finland were Lauri Korpikoski, and Olli Jokinen.
Norway started the third period on the power play. Norway was able to break through and net their first goal at the 1:01 mark (Per-Age Skroder) scored the PP Goal. Finland took back their five goal lead with just over two-minutes left in the game. Finland didn’t seem to be pushing as much during the third period. Allowing Norway a few more chances than earlier in the game. It seemed like play started to slow as the third period went on. That’s to be expected when teams play back to back games.
The outcome of this game should come as no surprise. Norway only has one NHL player on their roster (M. Zuccarello NYR), while Finland has four-teen NHL players on their roster. Finland’s fire power forced Norway to pull starting goaltender Lars Haugen.
* Both teams will finish Group B Winter Olympics Hockey play Sunday: Finland faces Canada with the top spot in the group likely at stake, while Norway faces Austria in a game that will have a big spot in seeding for the quarterfinal round. NHL.com