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Team Finland optimistic about future

Young players learned tough lessons scoring one goal at World Cup

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

TORONTO -- For Team Finland, the World Cup of Hockey 2016 was over almost as soon as it started.

Yes, Team Finland's tournament officially ended Thursday with a 3-0 loss to Team Russia at Air Canada Centre in a game that had no meaning for it. But it figuratively might have ended after 35 minutes of its first game, four nights ago, against Team North America.

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World Cup Game Recap

Team Russia defeats Team Finland to reach semifinals

Will play Team Canada on Saturday; Team North America eliminated

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

TORONTO -- Team Russia qualified for the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 with a 3-0 win against Team Finland at Air Canada Centre on Thursday.

Team Russia will play Team Canada here on Saturday.

"It's going to be a fun game," Team Russia captain Alex Ovechkin said. "It's nice to be a part of obviously. Two teams with a great history. Again, it's going to be tough. It's going to be hard because we play here in Canada. But it's going to be fun, fun game."

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Player Diaries

World Cup diary: Aleksander Barkov

Team Finland forward takes positives out of World Cup experience following elimination

by Aleksander Barkov / Special to NHL.com

Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov played for Team Finland at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The 21-year-old agreed to keep a diary throughout the tournament, which ended for Team Finland on Thursday with a 3-0 loss to Team Russia in Group B.

In his final installment, Barkov talks about Team Finland's struggles to score, the future of the Finnish national program and what is next for him now that Team Finland has been eliminated. 

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3 Stars of the Game

3 Stars: Team Finland vs. Team Russia

Dmitry Orlov, Ivan Telegin, Vladimir Tarasenko honored

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FIN@RUS: 3 Stars of the Game

Finland vs. Russia: 3 Stars of the Game

Dmitry Orlov, Ivan Telegin and Vladimir Tarasenko are your 3 stars of the game in Team Russia's 3-0 shutout of Team Finland

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Team Russia defeated Team Finland 3-0 on Thursday in the final preliminary-round game for each team at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Team Russia (2-1-0) advanced to the semifinals with the victory and will play Team Canada on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN2, CBC, TVA, TVA Sports). Team Finland (0-3-0) was eliminated Wednesday.

Here are the three stars of the game as selected by members of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 Organizing Committee:

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World Cup Game Preview

Team Russia needs win to reach semifinals

Loss to Team Finland would allow Team North America to advance from Group B

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TEAM RUSSIA vs. TEAM FINLAND

Air Canada Centre, Toronto

Thursday, 3 p.m. ET (ESPN, SN, TVA Sports)

 

What's at Stake:

Team Russia (1-1-0) needs a win to advance to the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Team Finland (0-2-0) was eliminated from contention with Team North America's 4-3 overtime win against Team Sweden on Wednesday. Finland defeated Russia in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and in the semifinals of this year's World Championship.

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Practice Report

Patrik Laine ready to face idol for second time

Team Finland can't advance, but No. 2 pick at 2016 Draft focused on Team Russia, not Alex Ovechkin

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

TORONTO -- Team Finland forward Patrik Laine wishes his second showdown with his idol, Team Russia forward Alex Ovechkin, had as much meaning as the first one.

Laine, 18, played against Ovechkin for the first time May 21 at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia. In the semifinal, Laine set up Jussi Jokinen for the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory against Russia. Team Finland earned a silver medal after losing 2-0 to Canada in the gold-medal game.

Now, Team Finland and Team Russia meet again at Air Canada Centre on Thursday (3 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN, TVA Sports). This time, the showdown has far less gravity, at least for Team Finland.

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Player Diaries

World Cup diary: Aleksander Barkov

Team Finland center discusses tournament format, showdown against Team Russia

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov is playing for Team Finland at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The 21-year-old has agreed to keep a diary throughout the tournament, which began in Toronto on Saturday and runs through Oct. 1.

In his latest installment, Barkov talks about the game against Team Russia on Thursday, especially going against several of his idols, including Pavel Datsyuk, and what he has learned through two games of group play.

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Team Finland

Patrik Laine held without goal again

Team Finland forward comes up empty against Team Sweden, has yet to score at World Cup

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

TORONTO -- Forward Patrick Laine was good for Team Finland on Tuesday. He just wasn't good enough to help his team defeat Team Sweden in a make-or-break Group B game of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Air Canada Centre.

Finland struggled offensively for the second-straight game and dropped a 2-0 decision that leaves it on life support.

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3 Stars of the Game

3 Stars: Team Sweden vs. Team Finland

Mikael Granlund, Anton Stralman, Henrik Lundqvist honored

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FIN@SWE: 3 Stars of the Game

Finland vs. Sweden: 3 Stars of the Game

Henrik Lundqvist, Anton Stralman and Mikael Granlund are your 3 stars of the game in Team Sweden's 2-0 win against Team Finland

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Team Sweden defeated Team Finland 2-0 in their preliminary-round game at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 on Tuesday. Team Sweden is 2-0-0 in Group B play, and Team Finland is 0-2-0.

Here are the three stars of the game as selected by members of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 Organizing Committee:

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World Cup Game Recap

Henrik Lundqvist, Team Sweden shut out Team Finland

Goalie makes 36 saves; Anton Stralman, Loui Eriksson score

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

TORONTO -- Team Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves for a 2-0 win against Team Finland in his World Cup of Hockey 2016 debut at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.

Anton Stralman and Loui Eriksson scored for Team Sweden (2-0-0), which is in excellent position to advance to the semifinals by becoming the first team in Group B with two wins.

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