Russia comes back from 0-4
A great come back but the Russians who won against Finland after penalty shots.
The game betweeen Russia and Finland the Globe Arena was a very entertaining game with many faces. When Toni Kovistu made it 4-0 for Finland at 30:39 everyone thought the game was over. But a strange bounce behind the net with three minutes left of the second period was lucky for Russia. With Lassila going for the puck behind the net the puck bounced in front and Maksim Rybin couldn't miss the open net.
The Finnish lead was created through a goal explosion early in the second period with three goals in 2:26. Finland's best player of the game Niko Kapanen scored the first and the third and Leo Komarov scored the second with a shot from the playoff circle.
In the third period Russia got in real contention with two goals in 24 seconds. Ivan Neprayev made it 2-4 on a power play and Petr Schastlivy added the third right after. Finland called a time out and took better control of the game again. However Russia had a great chance when Miknov tried but Lassila saved, but as it would turn out Mikhnov would be the hero anyway.
With 1:06 left to play Dmitri Afasanenkov took a shot from a bad angle, the shot found a glitch between Lassila and the near post and the equalizer was a fact. The game went to a goalless overtime and the game was decided in game winning shots. Everyone missed except for Aleksei Mikhnov who scored on the last shot and gave Russia two points. A big dissapointment for Finland and all the fans that had travelled to Stockholm to lose despite a 4-0 lead.
Finland - Russia 4 - 5 (0-0,4-1,0-3,0-0,0-1)
1-0 (22:42) Niko Kapanen (Hentunen, Niinimaa) PP
2-0 (23:49) Leo Komarov (Hahl)
3-0 (24:48) Niko Kapanen
4-0 (30:39) Toni Koivistu
4-1 (37:01) Maksim Rybin (Aleksandr Perezhogin)
4-2 (46:22) Ivan Neprayev (Kvasha, Emelin) PP
4-3 (46:46) Petr Schastlivy (Suglobov)
4-4 (58:54) Dmitri Afasenkov
4-5 (GWS) Aleksei Mikhnov
Shots: 44-36 (15-8,13-12,14-13,2-2,0-1)
Story added on 7th February 2009 at 13:55 GMT
Story submitted by: Fredrik Pålsson.