The Finns failed at the local hockey world championship! The favorites looked pathetic against Canada
Pavel Panyshev May 25, 2023 22:48 UTC Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Suomi’s selection has relinquished their champion powers.
The loudest sign of the quarterfinals at the Ice Hockey World Championships is the matchup between Canada and Finland. Usually this meeting takes place in the final, but this time the rivals met so early. The Finns were third in their group, and the Canadians were second, leaving Switzerland behind, who had already taken off from the tournament.
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“Team Canada probably hasn’t had a team this weak in 20 years compared to other teams in the tournament. Finland will be the favorite on Thursday. The game of many Canadian hockey players looks terrible, but Canadians love it when they have a whole stadium against them, they love that atmosphere. Even a slow dinosaur in such an environment starts running fast.
Milan Lucic is a player to watch. He is a cult player. The whole hockey world knows and appreciates him. Of course, he’s not young anymore and doesn’t really move, but he plays with a good attitude. If he had not had fire, he would not have come to the World Cup, ”said the famous Finnish coach Raimo Summanen.
However, it was the Maple Leaves that opened the scoring in the journalistic confrontation. On the starboard side, the Canadians fled to the counterattack, Quinn dragged the puck into the opponent’s zone and from the fight he fired a low shot, hitting just below the far post. Interestingly, this is Jack’s first goal in the tournament.
Of course, the Finns weren’t going to fly to the playoffs early on, but even a Canadian team this far from superstar is capable of beating anyone. In the twenty-minute second half, the Americans increased their lead.
And again, a counterattack worked on the Maple Leaves. After a neat shot into midfield, a three-on-one Canadian counterattack went off, Neighbors made a pass under the goal, and Blé made an irresistible wrist pass to Larmy’s near nine.
In the third segment of the match, another puck flew towards the gates of the Suomi team. The Canadians literally smashed through the Finnish defenses. After a series of fresh passes, Carcone got the puck in the gate and flicked it under the bar without interference, Larmy having already been recovered by this time.
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The Finns worked substituting for the goalkeeper in sixth garden: Hartikainen shot from the edge, Montembo reacted but didn’t press the puck, and Teemu shot under the near post. However, almost immediately, Canada, thanks to the efforts of Toffoli, who hit an empty net, made the score 4:1. It turned out to be final.
The Finnish team failed miserably at the home world championship, giving up the powers of the champion. In the match with the Canadians, Jukka Jalonen’s team looked simply pathetic. Let’s see how the Americans will play in the semifinals with Latvia, but now they have every chance for the title. True, without the Russian team among the participants, it is still depreciated. There will be little value in such a victory.