Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen and forward Tuomo Ruutu helped Team Finland to a 4-3 win last night over Slovakia as the Finns won bronze medals, the third time the country has earned medals since the NHL started to participate in the Olympic games in 1998.
Pitkanen got the game winning assist as he hit Olli Jokinen with one of his patented passes down the middle of the ice while on the rush during a powerplay. Jokinen broke through two defensemen and put the puck past Slav goalie Jaroslav Halak.
The Finns were losing 3-1 at the end of the second period, but were able to find the net three times in the third with the help of two goals by Jokinen. They have been the only team in the Olympics so far who were able to come back from a two goal deficit.
The win means that all four of the Hurricanes participating in the Olympics will come home with a medal. Eric Staal and Tim Gleason will help to determine who brings back silver, and who will bring back gold, later today.