Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will play for the bronze medal tomorrow after his Finnish squad was defeated by Sweden, 2-1. This Sweden vs Finland semifinal game was a rematch of the 2006 gold medal game in which Sweden won the gold medal. Going into this match up, the Swedes were ranked first in the tournament while the Finns were ranked fourth.
The first period was a played conservatively. Both teams feared making the first mistake, which led to a 0-0 tie at the first intermission. However, in the second period play started to open up. Olli Jokinen scored the first goal about six minutes into the period. He beat the Swedish defenseman down the ice to have an icing waved off and retrieved the puck. After taking a brief look over his shoulder he decided to take an odd-angle shot which got past Henrik Lundqvist. About five minutes later, Loui Eriksson tied the game at one. Then five minutes later Erik Karlsson scored the eventual game winner on the power play goal. The third period featured many chance by the Finns, but Lundqvist shut the door.
Sweden will play the winner of Canada vs USA for the gold medal on Sunday. Finland will play the loser of that game tomorrow morning at 10:00am for the bronze medal.
Timonen is the last of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2014 Olympics. In this mornings game he played for 18:56, the most of the teams defensemen and third on the team behind Selanne (19:41) and Granlund (21:19). Timonen had a good game. He was his usual smart, savvy self. On one play he did find himself outside the dots and it resulted in a Swedish odd-man rush. That particular play was pointed out by the announcers, but for a majority of the game Kimmo was mistake free, even erasing the mistakes of his teammates. Timonen registered two shots on goal and was plus one. Once again he skated on Finland’s top defense pairing with Sami Vatanen.