Saturday, February 18, 2006

Finland takes a 4-2 lead

Selanne scored his tournament-leading 5th goal of the tournament to make 3-2, and the Jere Lehtinen scored his second of the game to give them a 4-2 lead with 11 minutes to go in the third. The Finns have switched to a frustrating defensive poise that has forced the Czech Republic to try and stretch out their passes, resulting in a huge advantage in odd-man rushes. Finland has had five odd-man rushes in the game, while the Czechs have only one. At this point, we should expect Finland continue to patiently play their defensive game, while capitalizing on any chances the Czechs give up trying create some offense.