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Finland loses Mikko Koivu, Val Filppula for Sochi Olympics

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Valtteri Filppula and Mikko Koivu of Team Finland

Valtteri Filppula and Mikko Koivu were set to center Finland’s top two lines. (Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Finland wasn’t considered a gold medal favorite coming into the Sochi Games, but the country’s history of disciplined team play and outstanding goaltending hinted at a team capable of coming home with some hardware.

Those chances look considerably bleaker today after both Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu and Tampa Bay Lightning star Valtteri Filppula were forced to pull out of the Games due to injury.

Koivu injured his ankle in a Jan. 5 game against the Washington Capitals and underwent surgery the next day in an attempt to make it back on time to represent his homeland. He recently began skating with the Wild, but was not given medical clearance to return to game action.

Filppula’s loss might be even more disappointing. The top Finnish scorer in the NHL with 20 goals and 41 points, he suffered a non-displaced fracture in his ankle during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

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  • Published On Feb 07, 2014
  • Top Line: Islanders stun Penguins, Canadiens avenge Eller, more links

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    Kyle Okposo (center) and the Islanders showcased their toughness in a comeback win over Pittsburgh. (Getty)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Penguins led Game 2 with their strength, Sidney Crosby. The New York Islanders countered with theirs: fearless resistance. Amazingly, it was enough for the Isles to steal a thriller in Pittsburgh.

    • Sean Gentile breaks down Pittsburgh’s Game 2 break down. Is brutal puck management on the list? You bet.

    • Montreal’s annoyance with Ottawa coach Paul MacLean inspired their gutsiest performance of the season.

    • Ottawa needs to start driving to the net if it wants the upper hand in this series, because Craig Anderson can’t do it all by himself.

    • I’m not coming around to Cam Cole’s thinking on the need for thinking to evolve on what is and isn’t a clean hit in hockey but he makes a very compelling case. This is a must-read.

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  • Published On May 04, 2013