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Finland overcomes archrival Sweden to win Karjala title

INTERNATIONAL MEET Jussi Jokinen was the man of the hour as he led the Fins to victory by scoring three goals to win the tournament


Jussi Jokinen scored three goals to lead Finland past archrival Sweden 5-2 and win the Karjala Tournament for the seventh straight year on Sunday.

Jokinen, who notched the game-winner against Russia the day before, completed his hat trick before a boisterous, flag-waving sellout crowd of 12,850 at Hartwall Arena with an empty-netter 34 seconds from the end.

Jokinen was credited with two other goals, but television replays clearly showed that Swedish defenseman Per Hallberg accidently tipped the puck past his own goalie Daniel Henriksson on both occasions.

Finland, runner-up at the World Cup in September, finished the four-nation tournament with six points, one ahead of Sweden. The Czech Republic was third with four points and Russia last with three.

Alexander Skugariov had two goals and two assists for Russia to beat the Czechs 6-3 in its only victory in the tournament, the first in this season's European Hockey Tour.

Sweden, needing only a tie to win its first tournament outside Sweden since 1998, took the lead on Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg's wrist shot past Fredrik Norrena just 2:38 in while the Finns were short-handed. Petteri Nummelin tied it just 1:25 later with another power-play goal and Tomi Kallio put the Finns ahead for good late in the opening period.

Dallas forward Mathias Tjarnqvist scored on a power play to narrow Sweden's deficit to 3-2.

Ilya Kovalchuk, the Atlanta Thrashers sharpshooter who tied for first place in the NHL's goalscoring race last season, added two goals and one assist for Russia.

Kovalchuk scored his second into the empty net with 13 seconds left after the Czechs pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. Jiri Burger pulled the Czechs within two at 5-3 with 1:52 left.

Aleksei Simakov and Aleksei Kaigorodov also scored for Russia. Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who was the NHL's top draft pick in June, set up two goals.

Marek Zidlicky and Radek Dvorak scored the other Czech goals.

The other European Hockey Tour events are the Baltica Cup in Moscow in December and the Sweden Hockey Games next February.

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