Selanne Scores Twice in Finland's 5-0 Victory

Wednesday, 02.15.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Selanne Scores Twice in Finland\'s 5-0 Victory
TURIN, Italy (AP) - Teemu Selanne and Olli Jokinen each had two goals and an assist, and Finland gave Switzerland few chances to score against Antero Niittymaki, who made 24 saves in a 5-0 rout Wednesday in men's Olympic hockey.

Jokinen got things started with a power-play goal late in the first period, and then added another in the second when the Swedes scored four times to grab a 5-0 lead against Martin Gerber.

Gerber, who didn't have a lot of defensive help in front of him, took the Carolina Hurricanes mask he was wearing to the bench and sat out the third period after making 19 saves. He was replaced by Colorado's David Aebischer, who stopped all 13 shots he faced in the Group A opener for both teams.

Teppo Numminen, a Buffalo Sabres defenseman, started the second-period onslaught at 3:35 by ripping in a shot from just inside the right point.

Jokinen, the Florida Panthers captain, made it 3-0 when Ville Peltonen - who also assisted on the first goal - fed a pass in front for a quick one-timer past Gerber at 8:04. That gave Finland three power-play goals in four chances.

Selanne netted his first just 5:21 later off a perfect, no-look pass from Montreal captain Saku Koivu.

The 5-foot-10 center skated the puck down to the right corner with one and then two Swiss players draped over him. With his back turned to the goal, Koivu whipped a pass to Selanne, who was all alone in front.

Selanne gave Finland a 5-0 lead when he backhanded in a rebound of a shot by Dallas' Jere Lehtinen with 35 seconds left in the middle period.

The rest was up to Niittymaki, who has played 34 games this season with Philadelphia while splitting time with United States goalie Robert Esche.

He made six saves in the first and 12 in the second, but he only received token pressure. Switzerland did have a brief two-man advantage after falling behind 2-0, but the final 58 seconds were wiped out by Severin Blindenbacher's hooking penalty.

He was in the box when Jokinen connected for the second time.

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