Russia upset by Finland, out of Games

The Associated Press /

Published Feb 20, 2014 at 12:01AM

SOCHI, Russia — The home team is out of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament.

Russia lost 3-1 to Finland in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, putting an abrupt end to the gold-medal designs of Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and a talented roster that had been expected to return the Russians to their previous Olympic heights.

Teemu Selanne and Mikael Granlund each had a goal and an assist for the Finns, and strong play in front of 37-save goalie Tuukka Rask was too much for the Russians, who raised their sticks at center ice after the game to whistles and jeers.

“Inside, I’m absolutely empty,” Russia captain Pavel Datsyuk said.

Finland gets a chance to win its fourth medal in five Olympics in the semifinals against Sweden, which advanced with a 5-0 thrashing of underdog Slovenia.

Canada pushed by tiny Latvia and its 21-year-old goalie, Kristers Gudlevskis, who made 55 saves. But defenseman Shea Weber scored the tiebreaking goal on a big slap shot with 6:54 to play. Canada will play the United States, which beat the Czech Republic 5-2.