Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask and his home country of Finland will be looking to earn the bronze medal in the Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday. Finland fell to Sweden in the semifinals on Friday and Rask did not play in the game due to a reported illness.
Rask will return to net for the bronze medal game as his country will oppose the United States. The United States lost to Canada on Friday.
This matchup presents a perfect opportunity for Rask to steal a victory against a U.S. team that is for the most part the favorite. The U.S. was shutout by Canada and struggled mightily to generate any sort of scoring chances. It won’t be any easier with Rask manning the crease.
Finland will have a tremendous chance to medal if Rask can duplicate the performance he had against the Russians in the quarterfinals. Rask made a bevy of key saves in holding one of the world’s best offensive attacks to just a single goal.
The Finnish defense does not compare to that of Canada, but they will surely challenge the U.S. forwards. Kimmo Timonen and Sami Salo are very respectable. Their defense coupled with Rask’s elite abilities in net could spell trouble for the U.S.
Finland and the U.S. will get underway at 10 a.m. ET. The game will be played at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.