Finland 2, Czech Republic 0.

The Finns and Czechs seemed destined to go to overtime tied at 0 until Niklas Hagman scored on the flukiest of goals with 6:26 left in the third period.

Czech defenseman Pavel Kubina ventured behind his own net to retrieve his helmet, while Hagman simultaneously fired between the legs of Tomas Vokoun. After grabbing his helmet, Kubina looked up to see the puck in his own net.

Valtteri Filppula later scored into an empty net, sending the Suomi, including Ducks teammates Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu, into the semifinals. They’ll play the United States on Friday at noon.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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