February 21

Goalie Rask sitting out Finland’s semifinal

Bruins’ player sidelined by illness after making 37 saves in win over Russia.

The Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia – Goalie Tuukka Rask won’t play in Finland’s Olympic men’s hockey semifinal against Sweden because of an unspecified illness.

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A shot by Canada defenseman Drew Doughty gets by Finland goalie Tuukka Rask (40) for the winning goal during overtime in a men’s ice hockey game at the Winter Olympics Sunday, Feb. 16.

The Associated Press

The Boston Bruins’ Rask was ruled out shortly before Friday’s game at Bolshoy Ice Dome, giving Kari Lehtonen his second start of the Olympics.

Rask made 37 saves in Finland’s 3-1 victory over host Russia in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. He stopped 71 of 78 shots over three games in Sochi, winning twice and losing in overtime to Canada.

Lehtonen plays for the Dallas Stars. He made 19 saves in Finland’s 6-1 victory over Norway in the preliminary round.

San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi was Lehtonen’s backup against Sweden. Niemi hasn’t played in the tournament.

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