Sami Does in Uncle Sam

Caps defenseman Sami Lepisto lifted Team Finland to the semifinals with his overtime game-winning goal against the young and plucky Team USA earlier today in IIHF World Championship action. 

Lepisto’s goal came after the Americans erased a 2-0 deficit in the final five minutes of regulation on goals by Phil Kessel and Drew Stafford. The two Team USA tallies came just 37 seconds apart. The Americans then managed to kill off a 5-on-3 man-disadvantage for three minutes to get the game into overtime.

Lepisto ended the proceedings at 3:59 of the extra session with a blast from the right point, and assists from a couple of Finnish heavyweights, Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne. It marked the second year in a row that the Finns bounced the Americans in the quarterfinals, needing overtime to get it done both times.

It’s not the first time Lepisto has starred while representing his country.

After being passed over in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Lepisto totaled eight points (four goals, four assists) in seven games at the 2004 World Junior Championship in Helsinki. He was named to the All-Tournament team and was also named the tournament’s Best Defenseman.

Finland will face Team Russia in the semis on Friday in Quebec City. Russia blanked Switzerland on Wednesday, getting a goal and an assist from Sergei Fedorov, a goal from Alex Ovechkin and a goal from Alexander Semin. All three Caps were a plus-3 in the game.

Mike Green had two assists in Team Canada’s 8-2 win over Norway and Nicklas Backstrom had a helper in Sweden’s 3-2 overtime win over the Czech Republic. Canada takes on Sweden on Friday in the other semifinal match on Friday.

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2 Comments on “Sami Does in Uncle Sam”

  1. Mike L Says:

    Someone or several someones is/are going to be able to brag come September at Training Camp. After all, there are Caps players on all four semi-final teams, so someone is coming in with a Gold Medal (I’m thinking it will be the Russians, but it might also be Canada.)

    I think the most remarkable job in the Worlds by a Cap is that Cristobal Huet was able to keep France from being relegated. Alas, if he stays with the Caps (likely he will) the French will likely be relegated in 2009 as Huet will be busy come May… 🙂

  2. Jason Says:

    so can mike green stop the washington line

    its gonna be a tasty final for caps fans too bad its not on tv

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