MOSCOW -- The United States lost in the world hockey championships yesterday when Dallas Stars winger Jere Lehtinen scored the lone goal in a penalty shootout to give Finland a 5-4 victory and a berth in the semifinals.
"They came out hard at the beginning and took it to us but we battled back," Colorado Avalanche center Tyler Arnason said. "It's disappointing to lose in a penalty shootout but in a tournament like this, where you play a lot of games, it's part of the game, I guess."
After five Americans and four Finns failed to find the back of the net in the penalty shootout, Lehtinen calmly skated in to roof his shot under US goalie John Grahame's crossbar.
"It's kind of a relieved feeling. I was a little nervous," the 1999 Stanley Cup champion and 1995 world champion said. "But our goalie, [Kari] Lehtonen, kind of gave it to me easier because he saved the shot from the US shooter before me."
Tomi Kallio scored a power-play goal at 15:32 of the second period to put the Finns ahead, 4-3, but Andrew Hutchinson scored the equalizer on another power play 14:20 into the final period, one-timing a cross-ice pass from the Bruins' Phil Kessel to send the game into overtime.
"Our team played with a lot of heart," US coach Mike Sullivan said. "They showed a lot of resilience."