For Finland and Sweden, this 2014 Winter Olympics men’s ice hockey semifinal is about more than a geographic rivalry and bragging rights. While those things are clearly important and will play a large role in this contest, moving on to the Gold medal game in Sochi is what this game is all about.
For two teams that are banged up at various positions, just making it this far is impressive. Sweden has been able to overcome the loss of Henrik Zetterberg to a back issue, while Finland has been rocked at center. Both Mikko and Saku Koivu were unable to make it to Sochi in the first place, while Aleksander Barkov was forced out of the tournament with an injury during the preliminary rounds.
This is about bragging rights. It’s about getting aging veterans like Teemu Selanne and Daniel Alfredsson one last shot at Gold. It’s about being the best Scandinavian team in Sochi, and most importantly, it’s about making it to the end of the bracket.
Will Sweden’s vaunted attack be able to crack the code of Finland’s defensive structure? Tune in to find out. Here’s how.
Date: February 21
Start Time: 7:00 A.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: NBCSN
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
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