Bruins fans were eager to see Tuukka Rask and Team Finland play in the Semifinals Friday morning against teammate Loui Eriksson and Team Sweden, but that was not the case as Rask was unable to play due to the flu.
Eriksson on the other hand continued his strong Olympic tournament as he notched a goal for Sweden while Erik Karlsson netted the game-winner sending the Swedes to play in the gold-medal game.
Henrik Lundqvist turned away 25 saves in the victory, but gave up the lead in the second period as Olli Jokinen scored his second goal of the tournament.
Five minutes later, Eriksson tied the game for his second goal of the tournament. Then, on the man advantage Karlsson fired a shot that beat Kari Lehtonen.
It was Karlsson’s fourth goal of the tournament which eventually turned out to be the game-winner to send Team Sweden to the gold medal game.
Karlsson has four goals and four assists in the tournament (eight points) tied with United States and former Bruin Phil Kessel for the tournament lead.
Although Rask couldn’t play today, Lehtonen was more than capable of leading his team to victory. He turned away 23 of 25 shots. It just wasn’t enough.
Bruins fans have to feel for Rask. He was waiting for this opportunity for a long time to try and lead his country to a gold medal game.
On a brighter note, Eriksson has opened some eyes during the Olympics. He looks like the player the B’s coveted when they shipped Tyler Seguin out of town.
The United States tried to avenge their loss to Team Canada in the Gold medal game four years ago, but fell short yet again by a score of 1-0.
Canada essentially dominated from start to finish and Jamie Benn’s second period goal was all Team Canada needed on Friday afternoon to advance to the Gold medal game against Team Sweden.
Carey Price was magnificent posting a 31-save shutout. His counterpart Jonathan Quick was just as good making 36 saves, but it just wasn’t enough.
The United States had three power-plays on the afternoon and could not capitalize on any of them. There was no traffic created to obstruct Price’s view mixed with little shooting lanes thanks in part to Patrice Bergeron and the rest of the Canadian penalty killers.
After the first period where the energy in the arena was next to none from both teams, it was as if Canada turned on that next level switch to put the dagger in the Americans hearts yet again.
The United States will face Tuukka Rask and Team Finland tomorrow morning at 10am while the Canadiens will dance on to the Gold medal game Sunday morning versus Loui Eriksson and Team Sweden at 7am.