Finland wins World Junior Hockey Championship

It defeated host Sweden 3-2 in OT

Buffalo Sabres defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen scored at 9:42 of overtime to give Finland its third world junior hockey title, 3-2 over Sweden on Sunday.

Ristolainen picked up the puck along the right boards, cut in front of the goal and slid a backhander under goalie Oscar Dansk's right leg pad. Finland also won the under-20 event in 1987 in Czechoslovakia and 1998 at home in Helsinki.

Sweden's tied it at 2 on Christian Djoos' power-play goal with 9:07 left in the third period.

Finland's Era Lindell scored 28 seconds into the game, and Lucas Wallmark tied it on a power play at 7:53 of the second. Finland regained the lead 45 seconds later on Saku Maenalanen's goal.

In the third-place game, Russia beat Canada 2-1.

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  1. Sam posted on 01/05/2014 04:17 PM
    What a game. The winner was Finland , the winner was exciting hockey, the winner was 4 on 4 sudden death overtime, the winner was minimal thuggery, NHL ?? huh? what? This was exciting!
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