HELSINKI — Finnish forward Jesse Joensuu’s winning goal with nine seconds left lifted Finland past the United States 3-2 Thursday for a place in the semifinals of the hockey world championships in Helsinki.
Joensuu opened the scoring at 13:27 in the second period, before Anaheim Ducks’ Kyle Palmieri scored 20 seconds later. Bobby Ryan added a goal for the USA early in the third period.
Minnesota Wilds’ Mikko Koivu tied it with 6:58 left in the third. Power forward Joensuu, once with the New York Islanders, pounced on a pass from Petri Kontiola and scored from close in.
Finland meets Russia on Saturday in the semifinal.