For the first time since 2001, Finland will be playing for the gold medal at the World Junior Championship. The Finns landed in that game by knocking off Canada, 5-1, in a semi-final game. Now, they must defeat Sweden in that country if they want to take home gold.
Leading the way for Finland in this tournament has been goaltender Juuse Saros. Saros, a Nashville Predators prospect, currently sports both the best goals-against average and save percentage at the 2014 WJC. For Finland to have a chance at beating a balanced Swedish squad, Saros will have to continue his strong play.
The strong play of Saros is not all that surprising as he is also playing impressively for HPK in Finland's top league, Liiga. In 22 games for that club, he has a 1.71 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.
Saros met with the media following Finland's win over Canada, with some of his comments being captured in this Hockey's Future video.
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