Well, for a tournament deciding match, it wasn’t really a close one.
After going undefeated in the first two games of the Czech Hockey Games, Finland looked like the favorites going into the final game against Sweden, who lost 2-0 to Russia in the first contest. And clearly, Finland was the better team, taking home the 5-0 victory in the final competition of the tournament and registering a perfect 3-0 record with a superb 10-1 goal difference.
Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov capitalizes on a dominant first period by the Finns, scoring on a rebound to make it 1-0. The game remained close until the middle frame, when Swedish player Elias Fälth scored a goal in his own net. Minutes later, Sakari Salminen finished off a two on one with a nice marker, and teammate Pekka Jormakka made it 4-0 right afterwards. During the third period, Oskar Osala, who was given credit for scoring Falth’s own goal, scored his second on the power play to make it 5-0. Sweden, who won the 2013 World Championships, just didn’t look strong without the Sedin’s holding the fort.
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