Despite a 3-0 loss to Sweden on Sunday, Finland earned one of the byes into the Olympic tournament quarterfinals in Vancouver. But the Finns will play without defenseman Joni Pitkanen, according to The Associated Press.
The Canes' Pitkanen was ejected with a game-misconduct penalty late in the second period for checking Patric Hornqvist in the head. The AP reported that International Ice Hockey Federation spokesman Szymon Szemberg said Pitkanen had been suspended and would not play Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
"He's a key part on the power play and obviously on the breakouts he's such a good skater and mobile defenseman and sees the ice well," defenseman Sami Salo said. "Obviously it's a big loss but it opens up a spot for Janne Niskala."
The hit left Hornqvist crumpled along the boards. After getting up slowly, he needed help to get off the ice before walking slowly toward the dressing room.
Hornqvist had been penalized for tripping earlier, but Sweden's Niklas Kronwall had a vicious, open-ice hit on Niklas Hagman that did not result in a penalty despite leaving him with a bloody mouth.