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Finland Beats US in Ice Hockey World Championships Quarterfinals - 2002-05-08


American goalie Ryan Miller made 43 saves including two penalty shots, but it was not enough, as Finland beat the United States 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the Ice Hockey World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Despite Miller's strong play Tuesday, the loss eliminates the Americans from medal contention. The U.S. dominated the first period but failed to take advantage of a number of quality scoring chances. The Americans ended the tournament with three wins, three losses and one tie.

The three-time defending champion Czech Republic was also knocked out of the tournament, as it fell to Russia, 3-1. Russia faces Finland in Thursday's early semifinal.

In other quarterfinal results, Slovakia scored three goals in the third period for a 3-2 comeback win over Canada. Sweden also shook off a slow start, battling back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Germany 6-2. Sweden and Slovakia will face off in the late semifinal Thursday in Gothenburg.

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