Czech Republic 0, Finland 2
February 24, 2010
Third-period surge pushes Finland into semifinal round
Updated: February 25, 2010, 1:14 AM ET
Jaromir Jagr's return from injury wasn't enough to lift the Czech Republic out of its offensive funk as Finland won the teams' quarterfinal matchup 2-0 on Wednesday in Vancouver.
Finland didn't exactly light up the scoreboard either. Calgary Flames winger Niklas Hagman scored the first goal of the game -- and eventual winner -- at the 13:34 mark of the third period. Valtteri Filppula of the Detroit Red Wings added an empty-net goal for the final score.
Hagman's NHL teammate, Miikka Kiprusoff, made it stand up with 31 saves for Finland.
The Czech Republic struggled to beat Latvia in overtime in a qualification game on Tuesday, and former NHL MVP Jagr, who now plays in Russia, suffered an upper-body injury that caused him to miss most of the second period and all of the final period and overtime.
He returned Wednesday but was held scoreless, only putting two shots on goal.
Finland earned a shot at the No. 1 seed, the United States, a 2-0 winner over Switzerland on Wednesday.Information from STATS LLC was used in this report.
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