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SWEDES HOLD GOLD OVER NEIGHBOR FINS

ICE HOCKEY

Seconds after starting the 3rd period with a tie score, Nicklas Lidstrom found the target to hit the puck near the blueline on the final day of Winter Olympics. Turin's crowd including me in front of TV was stunned the Swede shot and it instinctively went out of the mouth, "YATTA !" The Sweden team had grabbed gold medals of men's Ice Hockey to beat Scandinavian rival Finland, 3-2.

Finland, who was the first appearance in the gold medal game, stood there as an unbeaten team but Erkka Westerlund's men had fetal moments when they allowed Swedes' Henrik Zetterberg and Lidstrom of both Red Wings to get the tallies in less than a minute of each period. Until the end of time, Finland was given space of carrying the puck by the North European Neighbors.

Bengt Ake Gustafsson's men, who grabbed the gold since the Lillehammer-1994, had NHL players whose performances I had expected, because there were as many players I knew as Canada or Czech Rep, Tomas Holmstrom of the Red Wings, Daniel and Henrik Sedin brothers of both Canucks, and Peter Forsberg of the Flyers, whose moments of goals we couldn't see, to our regret.

Winter Olympics Torino 2006 had given me happy moments to have made me enjoyed exciting Ice Hockey games after a long time. In the future, I want to make a chance to watch NHL games.

match result:

Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006
Ice Hockey -Men

Gold Medal Game at Palasport (26 Feb)

Finland 2-3 Sweden
(1-0)1P TIMONEN
(1-1)2P ZETTERBERG
(1-2)2P KRONWALL
(2-2)2P PELTONEN
(2-3)3P LIDSTROM

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