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Tuukka Rask: Austria’s four goals no reasons for Finnish squad to get upset

February 13, 2014, 17:41 UTC+3 13
On Thursday, Finland beat Austria by eight goals to four
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Lasse Kukkonen (L) of Finland fights for the puck with Manuel Latusa (R) of Austria during the match between Finland and Austria

Lasse Kukkonen (L) of Finland fights for the puck with Manuel Latusa (R) of Austria during the match between Finland and Austria

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ARKHANGELSK, February 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Four goals Finland’s opponents, Austria, scored in a group round match are no reason to get upset, Finland’s goal tender Tuukka Rask told Itar-Tass in an interview.

On Thursday, Finland beat Austria by eight goals to four.

“The European rinks are very different. I have spent too much time playing in the National Hockey League. The strikers have more time to control the puck here. They are in no hurry to shoot. I will need sometime for adaptation. True, four goals conceded is too much for me. But I am not upset. We won in the end,” Rask said.

President of Russia’s ice hockey federation Vladislav Tretyak, a legendary goalie of the 1970s and 1980s in his lifetime, said before the tournament began he liked Rask’s performance a lot.

“Possibly, he saw me play in the Czech republic, where I spent last season during the lockout. I find it very flattering to hear such a respectable gentleman say such things about me. Please say ‘Thank You’ to him on my behalf. Too bad I failed so many times in the encounter with Austria,” Rask said.

Finnish striker Alexander Barkov is the youngest of all players taking part in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He will turn nineteen next September. In the clash with Austria he spent more than 18 minutes on the rink, only a little less than two other players in his squad.

“Even when we conceded the lead, we had no doubts we were stronger and were obliged to win. Four unattended goals — that’s too much in any encounter. Keeping the goal intact is the ideal to be sought. I am quite pleased with my debut, but I could have done far better. I liked playing together with Selanne and Granlund and lot.”

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