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Finland Eliminates Americans in Hockey

Finland Eliminates Americans in Hockey (AP – YahooNews)

Shot after shot slid through Rick DiPietro’s pads, caromed in off his body and bounced the U.S. men’s hockey team out of the Olympics. Olli Jokinen scored two power-play goals in the second period for Finland, which recovered after blowing an early two-goal lead and beat the United States 4-3 Wednesday night in an Olympic quarterfinal game.

The U.S. team never got going in Turin: They struggled to score when the goaltending was good, and played poor defense when the goals finally came.

The Finns will play in the semifinals on Friday against the winner of the Canada-Russia game, while the Americans (1-4-1) will try to figure out why they managed only one win after capturing the silver medal four years ago in Salt Lake City.

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