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Slovakia: Finns squeeze past holders Sweden in overtime at IIHF 2019

Slovakia, Kosice
May 24, 2019 at 00:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

Finland beat holders Sweden 5-4 in overtime in Kosice on Thursday night.

Players and staff spoke to the media in the mixed zone after the game.

The Swedes had stormed into a 3-1 lead after falling behind early. They then conceded twice in quick succession, but still managed to edge back in front thanks to a piece of fortune.

After initially allowing play to continue, the officials then checked video replays which showed the puck smashing the mini-camera and rebounding out of the goal.

Yet it was the Finns had the last laugh. Captain fantastic Marko Antilla scored an equaliser with just one-and-a-half minutes to go, with Sakari Manninen netting the winner in overtime.

Finland now face stiff opposition in the form of Russia, who extended their unbeaten run in the tournament by beating the USA.

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Finland beat holders Sweden 5-4 in overtime in Kosice on Thursday night.

Players and staff spoke to the media in the mixed zone after the game.

The Swedes had stormed into a 3-1 lead after falling behind early. They then conceded twice in quick succession, but still managed to edge back in front thanks to a piece of fortune.

After initially allowing play to continue, the officials then checked video replays which showed the puck smashing the mini-camera and rebounding out of the goal.

Yet it was the Finns had the last laugh. Captain fantastic Marko Antilla scored an equaliser with just one-and-a-half minutes to go, with Sakari Manninen netting the winner in overtime.

Finland now face stiff opposition in the form of Russia, who extended their unbeaten run in the tournament by beating the USA.

W/S Swedish players walk through mixed zone, Kosice

SOT, Niko Mikkola, Finland defenseman: "We had a lot of chances and I feel like the momentum after the second period.... It was nice, it was a fun game."

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SOT, Niko Mikkola, Finland defenseman: "Yes, we play against those guys [Russia] and Czech [Republic] before the tournament and I don't know, just enjoy the moment now and tomorrow ready again."

W/S Players speaking to press in mixed zone

SOT, Juhani Tyrvainen, Finland forward: "I think we played really good as a team. Of course, Sweden lead 3-1 but we struggle a little bit but as a team we came up and nice win in overtime."

M/S Players speaking to press in mixed zone

SOT, Kevin Lankinen, Finland goaltender: "It was a crazy game. I mean, we played really well. Probably one of best games in the tournament, probably the best game I've seen my team play in a long, long time and to earn a win like that it's huge."

W/S Finland players speaking to press in mixed zone

SOT, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Sweden captain: "No. I mean, we've been struggling a little bit in this all tournament, in the whole tournament I feel like and we knew that they were going to shoot a lot of pucks from the blue line and we have to do a better job in front of Henrick in helping him out and then we didn't do that and that's why they won today. I felt like they were a little bit hungrier than us, than us tonight and they deserved to win."

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W/S Sweden players walking through mixed zone

SOT, Jani Hakanpaa, Finland defenseman: "It was really tight, a tight-scoring game. Two good teams playing, going at each other, playing hard. Amazing feelings of course that we could take the win in the end. So that was unreal."

W/S Sweden players speaking to press in mixed zone

SOT, Jani Hakanpaa, Finland defenseman: "Well, it is going to be a hard game again. We are going to need to bring our A game if we want to win."

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SOT, Marko Antilla, Finland captain: "Not that many people who believed that we can win this game, but in the locker room there was 40 guys, like, everybody believed and we won today."

M/S Mixed zone

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W/S Players speaking to press in mixed zone

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