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Selanne Leads the Tournament in Goals

Thursday, 02.16.2006 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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Selanne Leads the Tournament in Goals
TURIN, Italy (AP) - Among the medal favorites in the Olympic hockey tournament - Canada, the Czechs, Sweden - perhaps one country is being left out.

Teemu Selanne scored twice and Finland turned loose its stable of front-line NHL scorers on Italy, winning 6-0 behind five power play goals Thursday for its second easy victory in as many days.

Saku Koivu, Jere Lehtinen, Jussi Jokinen and non-NHL player Ville Peltonen also scored for Finland, which has outscored Switzerland and Italy by a combined 11-0. Finland gets bigger challenges this weekend in round-robin play: the Czech Republic on Saturday and defending gold medalist Canada on Sunday.

"If you look at the lineups, they are better on paper but things are not decided on paper," Koivu said. "There are strange things that can happen in a tournament like this, and the team with the most talent doesn't always win."

In this game, at least, the team with the clear talent advantage was a winner.

Italy stayed in the game for more than a period, much as it did in a 7-2 loss Wednesday to Canada. A near-capacity crowd of 7,776 cheered anything approaching an Italian scoring chance and booed and whistled loudly whenever a Finn delivered a hard check.

But Italy could rely on aggressiveness and emotion only so long, as goalie Gunther Hell was forced to make 23 saves in the first period while facing 50 shots overall.

Lehtinen and Koivu scored off assists by Teppo Numminen in the opening 4 minutes of a four-goal second period, and Selanne got his two goals in the third period, including Finland's only even-strength goal.

Finland went 5-of-7 on the power play to support backup goalie Fredrik Norrena, who made 16 saves.

Selanne is convinced Finland can get a medal in Turin.

"I do not see why not," he said. "It just depends on who has the hottest goalie at the end."

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 5 35 9 40
C. Perry 53 21 17 -4 38
R. Rakell 50 13 15 -3 28
R. Kesler 53 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 53 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 47 8 10 2 18
J. Silfverberg 53 6 12 -2 18
A. Cogliano 53 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 52 6 8 -6 14
C. Fowler 40 3 9 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 6 .920 2.30
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13


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