It was heartbreak for Russia on Wednesday as their men's hockey team fell to Finland by a score of 3-1 at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
The Russians energized the partisan crowd early with a power-play goal by Ilya Kovalchuk, but Finland answered back quickly. Juhamatti Aaltonen, Teemu Selanne and Mikael Granlund built a 3-1 lead by the midpoint of the game, leading Russia to replace starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov with Sergei Bobrovsky as they tried to mount a comeback.
There was plenty of push from the Russians in the late stages, but netminder Tuukka Rask was up to the task, ultimately stopping 37 of 38 shots.
For the second straight Olympics, Russia fails to advance past the quarterfinals.
Finland will face Sweden in the semifinal on Friday.
Final Score: Finland 3 - Russia 1