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2012 IIHF World Championship: Team U.S.A. Falls To Finland In Quarterfinals

The United States lost to host-country Finland in the quarterfinals of the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

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2012 IIHF World Championship, United State Vs. Finland Final Score: Finland's Late Goal Gives 3-2 Victory

The United States looked to have overtime in hand and a possible place in the semifinals of the 2012 IIHF World Championship, but Jesse Joensuu scored the game-winning (and his second) goal for Team Finland with just nine seconds left, giving the team a 3-2 lead. He received a pass from the back of the net and was in close proximity to the net when he put it in there. Team U.S.A. was unable to mount anything of significance during the final ticks of the clock.

After a scoreless first period, Joensuu scored his first goal on Jimmy Howard during the 14th minute of the second period. But just 21 seconds later, Kyle Palmieri put one past Petri Vehanen to tie the game.

The United State took a 2-1 lead early in the third period after Bobby Ryan picked up the rebound from a Justin Faulk shot and slipped it through Vehanen's five-hole. Then with about seven minutes left in the game, Jussi Jokinen's move with the puck went off Mikko Koivu's skate, winding up in the net. A quick replay confirmed that there was no kicking motion.

And that was that until Joensuu scored the third and final goal for Finland.

Finland will play Russia in the semifinals.

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