Koshechkin, Russia Hold on to Beat Finland

At the end of two periods in Moscow today at the 2007 World Championships, Russia and Lightning goaltending prospect Vasily Koshechkin had a comfortable 4-1 lead on Finland and seemed to be cruising to a 3-0 record.

Without being able to watch the game, it's unclear whether Russia stopped playing or Finland turned it on - or a little of both - but Russia had to get a late insurance goal that ended up being the game winner to beat Finland 5-4.

Koshechkin had stopped 12 of 13 shots through two periods before being peppered in the third to end up being 21 for 25 in the save department. Taking the loss for Finland was Lightning draft pick and Columbus Blue Jacket Fredrik Norrena.

According to an ihwc.net game story, the goals against Koshechkin came on a power play deflection by Chicago's Tuomo Ruutu, rebounds by Dallas' Jere Lehtinen and former Calgary Flame Jukka Hentunen, and a shot through traffic by Minnesota's Petteri Nummelin.

"We need to play harder in front of the net and clear the guys away," said former NHLer Petr Schastlivy of Russia's coverage on the Hentunen and Lehtinen goals.

Koshechkin reportedly came up big on a shot from the slot with just over 3 minutes left in the game to hold the lead.
(ihwc.net photos)