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Russia eliminated from men's hockey at Sochi Winter Olympics

Leo Komarov #71 of Finland checks Alexander Ovechkin

Leo Komarov #71 of Finland checks Alexander Ovechkin #8 of Russia into the boards during the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Bruce Bennett

Russia were eliminated from the men's ice hockey competition at the Sochi Games on Wednesday following a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland.

The host nation entered the 12-team tournament as one of the favorites but ultimately proved no match for a Finnish team that won the bronze medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk opened the scoring eight minutes into the game on a powerplay when he sent a one-timer from the slot right under the crossbar.

Finland responded 87 seconds later when Juhamatti Aaltonen took a puck along the goal line before sending it under Russian goalie Semyon Varlamov's left arm.

Selanne scored after a turnover outside the Russian end, he slipped a Mikael Granlund pass between Varlamov's legs with under three minutes to play in the opening period.

Finland will play Sweden in one of Friday's two semi-finals.


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