Andre Burakovsky rushes the puck up the ice. (Photo credit: Francois Laplante/HHOF-IIHF Images)

In the gold medal game of the 2014 World Juniors, Team Sweden faced Team Finland. As the favourites and the hosts, the Swedes probably didn’t expect a cakewalk against arch-rivals Finland, who had embarrassed Canada in the semifinals, but what happened next may have surprised even the Finnish fans.

Suomi kicked the game off with a shocker just 28 seconds in, Esa Lindell opened the scoring. Tre Kronor were increasing the pressure, but it took them more than 25 minutes to tie on a goal by Lucas Wallmark. Not even a minute later, Finland came right back with a goal of their own on a great set up by Teuvo Teravainen, Saku Maenalanen beat Oskar Dansk. The Sweden again took the full control of the game, but had problems finding the net. With only nine minutes to go, a powerplay bomb by Capitals prospect Christian Djoos tied the game and forced overtime.

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In OT, Rasmus Ristolainen went hard to the net from below the goal line and poked the puck past the pads of Dansk, giving Finland their third-ever gold medal and first since 1998.

Team Sweden’s captain and ex-Caps prospect Filip Forsberg was named MVP of the tournament. Andre Burakovsky had a few good rushes. His feed to Wallmark from behind the net gave Sweden their best chance of the OT period.

#FilipCelly

Video

Djoos goal begins at the 4:20 mark.

  • Chip

    #FilipCelly hahahah

  • Matt

    Can we undo that trade for Ecrap

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Erat is good. Let’s fight! Choose your weapon. PISTOLS AT DAWN.

    (I didn’t like the trade at the time, not because I didn’t like Erat but because I wanted the Caps to go into rebuild mode. I’ve partially changed my mind on that, but not entirely.)

  • FoolsRushLandHannityIn

    Hell, I’d start with undoing the MattyP “deal”. Think Gabby would go for that?

  • James

    hail gonzaga

    – class of 2010

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Such a bad deal. The Caps 4th line has been clobbered this year. Perreault lifting it might’ve saved a couple goals– and games.

  • Robert Mattsson

    Well deserved win for Team Finland! Sweden did indeed dominate quite alot but the final score is all that matters :) GMGM could draft a Finn this summer. As the old Rally saying goes: If you want to win hire a Finn :)

  • Myan

    Imagine if we had him on our fourth line with Wilson…the finesse and the grit. O la la! It sucks that since the trade, I can’t help but pray that Forsberg turns out to be an overrated prospect. During WJC though, it was pretty obvious that he was playing on a whole other level to those junior players.

  • Jake Ettawakapow

    Burakovsky only played 2 shifts in OT, good chances coming from both. Also, he didn’t play the final 2 minutes I think before OT. Sad he is bringing back Silver, really wanted him to win gold.

  • Freedoooom

    Burakovsky didn’t seem to be trusted by the coaching staff for no apparent reason.

    He would go long periods of time without any 5 on 5 ice time and then come on for like 20 seconds.

  • Marky Narc

    While we’re dreaming, I wouldn’t mind having Eakin back, either.

  • Myan

    Look how screened that goalie is. Why can’t we do that? UGH.