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Backstrom perfect as Finland cruises past Germany

Posted By Matt Shott On Feb 20 2010 @ 3:07 pm In Finland | No Comments

Niklas Backstrom stopped all 24 shots put his way to give Finland the 5-0 victory over Germany, giving them their second victory of the tournament.

Kimmo Timonen scored two goals in the affair that saw Teemu Selanne become the all-time leader in Olympic points with his only assist of the game.  Niklas Hagman added two assists to his stats after scoring two goals in Finland's first game against Norway.

Backstrom may not have had too much work in front of him, but he made the little work he had to do look pretty, making a few marvelous saves when Germany was pressing hard.

Germany dropped to 0-2 in the tournament and will hope to get their first victory when they play Belarus Saturday night at midnight, 24 hours after their game Friday night.

Obviously not one of the power houses in the Olympics, Germany never really seemed in the game, looking lifeless and defeated once the first goal was scored just over four minutes into the game.  Finland looked like they were putting on a clinic with the Germans, who spent a majority of the game on the defensive end of the puck, relying too much on goaltender Dimitri Patzold, who stopped 30 shots.

Finland also got contributions from the Ruutu's, both Jarkko and Tuomo, who scored the first and last goals of the game.  Joni Pitkanen got the other goal for Finland, who went 4-for-6 on the man advantage.

Backstrom was the back-up in the first game to Mikka Kiprusoff, who was not dressed for this game, so it is uncertain who will officially get the nod for the Finns game against Sweden on Sunday, but it can be almost guaranteed to be Kipper, who earlier in the NHL season threatened to take his ball go home if he wasn't the official starter.

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