Those who tuned in Thursday to watch Finland and Sweden reignite their hockey rivalry were treated to the first three-on-three overtime session of the World Cup of Hockey experience — even if it was just an exhibition game.
Olli Maatta scored the winner for Finland with 43 seconds remaining in the extra period, as he beat Jhonas Enroth with a wrist shot over the glove and to the top corner to finish off a two-on-one rush.
Sweden dominated puck possession during the three-on-three showcase but couldn’t beat Pekka Rinne, who made 18 saves in Finland’s 3-2 victory.
Eriksson, who signed on July 1 for six years and $36 million, and the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, are expected to form the top line in Vancouver this upcoming season, with the Canucks in desperate need of goal scoring.
Despite a third-period comeback attempt from the Czech Republic, Russia was able to hold on for a 4-3 victory in their pre-tournament game Thursday.
Russia jumped out to a two-goal lead in the second period, thanks in part to a goal on a perfect shot from Vladimir Tarasenko.
Czech forward Vladimir Sobotka, who had an assist in the first period, left the game and was reportedly hospitalized with a clavicle injury.
However, reports following the game indicate the injury isn’t serious, which would be good news for the Czechs.