Winter Olympics hockey results: Finland cruises past Norway

Martin Rose

Finland jumped out to a quick start and never looked back against Norway, behind Teemu Selanne.

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Teemu Selanne only played 5:27 in Finland's opening game against Austria after sustaining an upper-body injury in the first period.

Maybe the 43-year-old was just saving himself for Norway.

Selanne scored the opening goal for Finland, who had no trouble dispatching Norway in its second game of the tournament, 6-1. Finland now stands at 2-0 in the tournament.

Just under six minutes into the game, Selanne would put his team ahead. After gaining the blue line, Selanne protected the puck and fired a wrist shot that beat Lars Haugen over his glove.

It would be a sign of things to come.

Lauri Korpikoski would push the Finns' lead to two 1:05 later when he jammed home a puck atop the crease.

In similar fashion to Selanne's goal, Jori Lehtera would beat Haugen high to the glove side, wrapping up the first-period scoring and giving Finland a 3-0 lead heading into the intermission.

Norway would come out with Lars Volden in net to start the second, but the results would be quite the same. Korpikoski netted his second after deflecting a point shot from Olli Maatta, and Olli Jokinen got in on the scoring to make it a 5-0 game midway through the second period.

Norway was eventually able to to beat Kari Lehtonen in the third period and erase the shutout. Lehtonen, who replaced Tuukka Rask after the Bruins goalie surrendered four goals on 20 shots in Finland's first game. Lehtonen also saw a light workload, with the Norwegians only mustering 21 shots on goal.

Finland will close out its pool play in Group B on Sunday when it takes on Canada in a game that will decide the group winner.

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