Slovakia vs. Finland - 02-27-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

-Generally, the bronze medal game usually seems like a let down. You're playing for something, but you're not playing for everything. If that makes sense. But Finland and Slovakia put on a wonderful preformance worthy of a much bigger prize. Finland's 5-3 win in the bronze medal match was a very entertaining game.

-The Slovakians were playing for national pride. Their team had never been this far in an Olympic tournament. The Finns were playing for Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu, Jere Lehtinen and other aging stars. These teams weren't playing for a gold medal. But they found something to play for.

-Special teams really ruled this game. Only two goals, one of which was an empty netter late, were scored in even strength situation. Finland got three power play goals. Slovakia had two on the power play and one shorthanded.

-Olli Jokinen showed he can still be an elite player in this game. He tied game and scored the game winner during Finland's furious four-goal outburst in the third period.

-Miikka Kiprusoff gave up a few than less ideal goals, but when it mattered most, he made the saves at key times.

-Pavol Demitra was one of the best players in this tournament. He continued his hot streak with a goal and two assists.

-Marian Hossa also had a solid tournament. He had a goal and an assist. Fire Ray Shero.

-Jaroslav Halak was the biggest reason the Slovaks got this far. But this was not his strongest game.

-Finland led in shots, 33-22.

-Jokinen led the game with five shots.

-Demitra led Slovakia with four.

-Kimmo Timonen led the game with 26:15 of ice time.

-Zdeno Chara and Michal Handzus each led Slovakia with 25:06.

-Jarkko Ruutu had 12:37 of ice time and was a plus-1.

-Hossa had 17:06 and one shot.

-Zigmund Paffy had 9:44 and was a minus-1.

-Martin Strbak had 18:58 of ice time.

-Miroslav Satan had 10:57 of ice time.

-Game summary.

(Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

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