Tuukka Rask out of semifinal Sweden matchup
Kari Lehtonen stepping in to play net
Finnish goalie Tuukka Rask has been pulled out of the Sochi 2014 Olympic men’s semifinal hockey game against Sweden. Rask is reportedly suffering from the flu and will not dress for Friday’s game.
The Finns will start Kari Lehtonen in net against their Scandinavian opponents. The news is a game changer for the Finns who have leaned heavily on Rask through the tournament so far.
Rask has been the backbone of Finland's march to the semifinals with a 2.30 goals-against average in the three games he has appeared in.
The Finns have already been hard hit by attrition. Mikko Koivu, Valtteri Filppula, Saku Koivu and Aleksander Barkov all failed to start the Olympic tournament due to injury.