SPOILER ALERT: Olympic hockey results Russia v. Finland
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Finland eliminated Russia from the Olympic men's hockey tournament with a 3-1 victory Wednesday, putting a stunning end to the Russians' enormous expectations at home.
Teemu Selanne scored an early goal and Tuukka Rask made 37 saves as Finland crushed the Russians' dreams of winning hockey gold medals in front of their own fans. Russian teams have won eight gold medals in hockey, but none in the last 22 years.
Selanne and Mikael Granlund each had a goal and an assist for the steady Finns, who overcame an early deficit and silenced the Bolshoy Ice Dome with two goals in the first period.
Despite its roster of high-priced offensive stars, Russia couldn't score in the final 52 minutes after Ilya Kovalchuk's early power-play goal.
The Russian men's hockey team was supposed to be the star of the Sochi show. After this loss, Russia won't even get a medal for the third straight Olympics.
The disappointment could be seen and felt across Olympic Park on Wednesday. Russia's Anton Belov hunched over just after the final whistle, while Viktor Tikhonov looked on in stunned disbelief.
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