SOCHI, RUSSIA - Finland turned to backup goaltender Kari Lehtonen Friday in its Olympic semifinal against Sweden as Tuukka Rask was scratched due to illness, believed to be a case of the flu.
Rask was in goal for Finland’s quarterfinal victory over Russia and had played three of Finland’s four games in the Olympic tournament.
Lehtonen played one game and gave up one goal on 21 shots in a 6-1 pool victory over Norway.
Rask had given up seven goals on 85 shots in the tournament with a .918 save percentage and a 2.30 goals against average.
The winner of Friday’s semifinal will advance to the gold-medal game Sunday against the winner of U.S.-Canada, to be played Friday night.
The losers will play for bronze Saturday.