Teemu Selänne broke the Olympic record for career hockey points, setting up Kimmo Timonen on his second goal late in the second period as Finland beat Germany 5-0 Friday night.
Selänne’s assist was the 37th point of his Olympic career. He has 20 goals and 17 assists.
He had shared the record with Russia’s Valeri Kharlamov, Vlastimil Bubník of the former Czechoslovakia and Canada’s Harry Watson.
Finnish goaltender Niklas Bäckström made 24 saves for a shutout in his Olympic debut.
The Germans squandered any chance of a possible upset by giving up four penalties that led to three power-play goals over the first two periods.
Tuomo Ruutu scored early in the game. Timonen’s goals were in the second. Jarkko Ruutu and Joni Pitkänen scored less than two minutes apart midway through the third.
The Finns — who won silver four years ago — joined defending Olympic champion Sweden, Canada, the United States, and the Czech Republic as the only teams undefeated at the Vancouver Games.
Dimitri Pätzold stopped 30 shots for the Germans.
Germany has lost both its games in regulation so far, as have Norway, Latvia and Belarus, with one round left in the opening phase of Olympic hockey.
After the game, Selänne took off his helmet, waved his stick at the crowd and tapped on the glass toward a young fan waving a Finnish flag.
The Anaheim Ducks star’s record-setting point was a subtle cross-ice pass to Sami Salo, who pushed the puck back to Timonen for a slapshot that found its way through traffic and into the back of the net.
When Selänne was shown on the videoboards and the record-breaking milestone was announced, his teammates tapped their sticks on the ice and the crowd roared.
His fifth and final appearance at the Olympics was in doubt last month because he needed surgery to repair a broken jaw. He missed eight games because of his jaw, which is protected by a shield, and 17 games in December with a broken left hand.
03:27 – 🇩🇪 PEN – Wolf, holding
04:21 – 🇫🇮 PP GOAL – T. Ruutu (Niskala, Hagman)
06:16 – 🇫🇮 PEN – T. Ruutu, tripping
08:06 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Lepistö, holding
22:10 – 🇩🇪 PEN – Greilinger, tripping
24:04 – 🇫🇮 PP GOAL – Timonen (S. Koivu, Jokinen)
34:24 – 🇩🇪 PEN – Hecht, slashing
36:03 – 🇫🇮 PP GOAL – Timonen (Salo, Selänne)
37:52 – 🇩🇪 PEN – Hospelt, hooking
47:10 – 🇫🇮 GOAL – J. Ruutu (Peltonen, Kapanen)
48:52 – 🇩🇪 PEN – Tripp, holding
49:01 – 🇫🇮 PP GOAL – Pitkänen (Hagman)
54:26 – 🇩🇪 PEN – Ficenec, hooking
57:34 – 🇫🇮 PEN – J. Ruutu, holding
W: 🇫🇮 Bäckström (24-24)
L: 🇩🇪 Pätzold (30-35)
SHOTS ON GOAL
🇫🇮 8+13+14 = 35
🇩🇪 6+8+10 = 24
🇫🇮 Goaltenders: Niklas Bäckström, Antero Niittymäki. Defence: Lasse Kukkonen, Sami Lepistö, Toni Lydman, Janne Niskala, Joni Pitkänen, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen (A). Forwards: Valtteri Filppula, Niklas Hagman, Jarkko Immonen, Olli Jokinen, Niko Kapanen, Mikko Koivu, Saku Koivu (C), Jere Lehtinen, Antti Miettinen, Ville Peltonen, Jarkko Ruutu, Tuomo Ruutu, Teemu Selänne (A).
🇩🇪 Goaltenders: Thomas Greiss, Dimitri Pätzold. Defence: Michael Bakos, Sven Butenschön, Christian Ehrhoff, Jakub Ficenec, Korbinian Holzer, Christopher Schmidt, Dennis Seidenberg (A), Alexander Sulzer. Forwards: Sven Felski (A), Marcel Goc, Thomas Greilinger, Jochen Hecht, Kai Hospelt, Manuel Klinge, Marcel Müller, Travis Mulock, André Rankel, Marco Sturm (C), John Tripp, Michael Wolf.
|🇫🇮 FINLAND (C)||vs.||GERMANY 🇩🇪|
(since 19 Dec 2009)
||05 May 2007|
|First IHLC Meeting (FIN vs. GER)
🇩🇪 FRG 5-4 FIN 🇫🇮 – 30 Apr 1985 – WC – Prague 🇨🇿
|Previous IHLC Meeting (FIN vs. GER)
🇫🇮 FIN 4-1 GER 🇩🇪 – 10 May 2001 – WC – Cologne 🇩🇪
|Last IHLC Game
🇫🇮 FIN 5-1 BLR 🇧🇾 – 17 Feb 2010 – OG – Vancouver 🇨🇦
|Next IHLC Game
🇸🇪 SWE 3-0 FIN 🇫🇮 – 21 Feb 2010 – OG – Vancouver 🇨🇦