SOCHI (AFP) - Russia crashed out of the Olympic Games men's ice hockey tournament on Wednesday, slumping to a 3-1 defeat to Finland in the quarter-finals.
It was a second successive Olympic Games loss at the last-eight stage for Russia, who were booed off the Bolshoi Ice Palace rink by their shell-shocked fans.
Teemu Selanne and Juhamatti Aaltonen scored consecutive first period goals for Finland.
They took advantage of two slow-footed Russian defencemen to erase a one goal Russian lead and make it 2-1 for Finland. Mikael Granlund also scored for the Finns.
Finland also beat Russia 4-0 the last time they met in the Olympics, winning 4-0 at the 2006 Turin Games.
Russian TV did not hold back in its immediate post-match hyperbole.
"Dear friends, life has not come to an end. But this is a severe and annoying defeat," said the commentator on state television Channel One.
"We are all crying and we are crying with you too. We are hoping for revenge. Maybe one day there will be revenge. But maybe not with this team."
Granlund said Finland were worthy winners as they looked ahead to a Friday semi-final against Sweden.
"They had the first goal, but we bounced back really good, and throughout the game we defended well and didn't give them much. We made it tough on them," he said.
"We stick together, we play together. We know what we're doing, and we defend each other and that's how we can succeed and will succeed."
"I think we deserved to win."