Video: Finnish goalie robs Evgeni Malkin at World Championships

Sean Leahy
May 19, 2010

Finnish goaltender Petri Vehanen was never drafted by an NHL team and has played his entire career in Europe, with the majority of it coming with his hometown club, Lukko Rauma of Finland's SM-liiga. His first taste of international experience came during the 2008 World Championships where he helped Finland to a bronze medal. After moving to Ak Bar Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League this season, Vehanen led the team to its second straight Gagarin Cup last month.

Despite those honors, Vehanen might be bragging about this save on Russia's Evgeni Malkin(notes) during Tuesday's final round-robin game for a long, long time:

Malkin would get his revenge, eventually scoring on Vehanen to increase the Russia lead to 2-0.

Usually a save like that gives the goaltender's team a bit of a momentum boost. Nope, didn't happen for the Finns. Russia pounded them 5-0 and will play Canada in the quarterfinals on Thursday, while Finland meets the Czech Republic with a semifinal berth on the line.

Stick-tap to Puck Buddy Igor T. for sending along the video