Finland gets Tuukka Rask back for Sochi Olympics bronze-medal game vs. U.S.
Feb 22, 8:15am EST
Finland was dealt a blow prior to its semifinals contest against Sweden when it was revealed that Tuukka Rask wouldn’t be available because of the flu. The team will get Rask back for the bronze-medal game against the United States though, according to Finland’s MTV3, via CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.
Kari Lehtonen ended up replacing him against Sweden and stopped 23 of 25 shots in the Finns’ 2-1 loss. While it was hardly a bad performance on his part, getting Rask back will still be a big boost.
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Lehtonen has very little big-game experience and Finland will need all the help it can get today. The Americans feature a superb offense that will be hungry after they were frustrated and shut out by Canada in their semifinals game.
At the same time, Finland is likely to employ the same defensive strategies that Canada used to beat the United States Friday, given that Canada was emulating teams like Finland in the first place.