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Finland's Barkov out of Olympics with knee injury

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2/15/2014 9:35:53 AM
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SOCHI – Finland will be shorthanded when it clashes with Canada on Sunday.

Young forward Aleksander Barkov, who left a couple of shifts into the third period of his team's game on Friday, has suffered a knee injury that will force him out for the remainder of the Olympic tournament.

The 18-year-old Barkov had an assist in his five-plus periods in Sochi.

According to published reports in Finland, Barkov is expected to be out from four to six weeks.

The Finns already were without star players Mikko Koivu and Valteri Filppula to begin the Winter Games. Koivu suffered an ankle injury in early January that he hasn't fully recovered from and Filppula was knocked out action with a broken ankle in late January.

But without Koivu and Filppula, the Finns still managed to score a combined 15 goals in wins over Austria and Norway.

Goaltending, however, is the strength of the Finnish team, which like Canada also took the day off to rest on Saturday. Tuukka Rask played in Finland's first win and made only 12 saves in an 8-4 decision over Austria. Kari Lehtonen was in goal for Finland's 6-1 victory over Norway.

If Rask starts against Canada, will assistant coach Claude Julien share any secrets with the Canadian players? Julien, of course, coaches Rask with the Boston Bruins.

“First of all, we don't know who will be their starting goalie, so I haven't said a word about Tuukka yet,” Julien said. “When the time comes, and I told Tuukka before the Games that I'll say it, he doesn't really like shootouts. He's been very public about it. He's an excellent goalie. We haven't spent too much time on goalies' strengths and weaknesses. But Tuukka doesn't have many weaknesses.”

Aleksander Barkov (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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