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Finland blanks Team Canada

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**Seriously, Canada looked brutal out there. They look like they were standing still out there, kind of reminded me of the Leafs! What's up with Pronger and the stupid penalities? THey beetter wake up.**

Antero Niittymaki handed Canada its second consecutive shutout loss at the Torino Olympics, stopping 24 shots in a 2-0 Finland decision in men's hockey on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Flyers goaltender, who was particularly sharp in the second period, has stretched Canada's goalless streak to 120 minutes, 34 seconds, dating back to Shane Doan's third-period goal in Thursday's 5-1 win over Germany.

"The bottom line is we have to find a way to score a goal," Canadian forward Kris Draper told CBC Sports. "We got some momentum [in the final two periods] but we haven't made our own momentum.

"We're not where we want to be ... but there's not going to be any panic on this hockey team."

On Saturday, Switzerland's Martin Gerber turned aside 49 shots in a 2-0 win over Canada.

For Niittymaki, it was his second shutout of the tournament. He turned in a 24-save shutout against the Swiss on Wednesday and stopped 37 shots in a Saturday's 4-2 win over the Czech Republic.

The Flyers rookie's best stop against Canada came in the second period with Finland clinging to a 2-0 lead.

He closed his pads on Columbus Blue Jackets sniper Rick Nash, who broke in alone after taking a Joe Thornton pass just outside the Finnish blue-line.

Niittymaki denied Martin St. Louis in the third when the diminuitive winger attempted to redirect a pass from Vincent Lecavalier at the side of the Finland net.

With the win, Finland clinched first place in Group A with a record of 4-0-0 and has secured its place in the eight-team semifinals.

Canada, the defending Olympic champions, slipped to 2-2-0 and sits third in Group A behind Finland and Switzerland (2-1-1).

Niko Kapanen and Teemu Selanne scored first-period goals for Finland, which has allowed just two goals in four games in Turin, Italy.

Sunday's win was a measure of revenge for the Finns, who dropped a 3-2 decision to Canada in the 2004 World Cup final after winning bronze at the 2002 Winter Games.

"We know how good we can play. If we do that we can beat anybody," Selanne told CBC Sports.

His team-leading sixth goal at 11:14 of the opening period stood up as the winner.

After Saku Koivu made a nifty move to get around Chris Pronger behind the Canadian net, he fed Selanne in the slot and watched the Anaheim Mighty Duck wire a shot past Roberto Luongo.

Finland took the body and play to its opponent from the outset, winning the battle for loose pucks and outshooting Canada 14-5 in the first 20 minutes.

The Canadians will complete the preliminary round on Tuesday against the Czech Republic (CBC, 10:30 a.m. EST).

Draper suggested his team get back to playing an NHL-style game by taking the puck to the net.

"We have such big, strong forwards," he said. "We have to get them scoring goals that they know how to score.

"We have such great leadership and great character. We have to turn things around fast."

The Bell 3 Stars, as voted by the fans, were Niittymaki No. 1, followed by Selanne and Luongo, who finished with 28 saves.
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yea.. well... i was busy all weekend and missed the games. I was a bit disappointed but ever since the lockout its not the same for me...

I wish Team Canada would win ... but there’s so much controversy in the NHL that its no wonder they cant focus and win. :cool:

Thank heavens Janet took my $100 for 6:1 odds for Finland :laugh:
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