The quarterfinal round of the World Championships saw several powerhouse nations eliminated from competition. First Canada was bounced by the Slovakian squad. Later the same day, Finland sent the United States packing. The defending championships move on to play Russia tomorrow to see who will get a shot at the gold.
For most of the game, the Americans held control in spite of the Finns striking first on the scoreboard. Forward Jesse Joensuu scored the first goal of the game in the second period, but there wasn’t a lot of time for the home fans to celebrate. Kyle Palmieri tied the game just 21 seconds later and the US took the lead on Bobby Ryan’s goal early in the third period.
The Finns kept coming and tied the game when a Jussi Jokinen pass deflected off of Mikko Koivu’s skate and past Jimmy Howard. To make it even more dramatic, the game winner came from Jesse Joensuu with just 9 seconds left in regulation time.
“I’ve watched the World Championships on TV for 18 years, and to be here now is fantastic,” said Joensuu. “Those were my first goals on the national team. Nice to get them now.” (Quote Source: NHL.com)