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Hannes Hyvonen scores shootout winner as Finland edges Canada 4-3

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France\'s Cyril Papa, left, vies for the puck with Sweden\'s Johan Akerman, right, in the Group E Qualifying Round game between Sweden and France at the IIHF 2009 World Championship at the PostfinanceArena in Berne, Switzerland, Monday, May 4, 2009. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/KEYSTONE/Salvatore Di Nolfi Author: The Hockey News

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Hannes Hyvonen scores shootout winner as Finland edges Canada 4-3

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KLOTEN, Switzerland - Canada has its first defeat of the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

While Monday's 4-3 shootout loss to Finland didn't affect Canada's position in the standings, it did show just how tough the road to gold will be. Hannes Hyvonen scored the shootout winner Monday as both teams wrapped up the round robin. His goal came in the seventh round of a shootout that saw Canada's Martin St. Louis and Finland's Jarkko Ruutu each score twice.

Canada still clinched first in its pool with the point it earned for the loss in extra time and will face Latvia in the quarter-finals. The Finns were so desperate for a win in regulation that coach Jukka Jalonen pulled goaltender Pekka Rinne in the final minute with the game tied.

Tuomas Pihlman, Anssi Salmela, Niko Kapanen scored in regulation for Finland.

Dany Heatley led Canada with a pair of goals while Jason Spezza added a single.

In Monday's other games, Switzerland edged the U.S. 4-3 in overtime, Slovakia beat Norway 3-2 in overtime, Sweden downed France 6-3 and Denmark avoided relegation by beating Austria 5-2.

The Canadians had been anticipating their first true test of the tournament and the Finns gave it to them for more than 60 minutes. Finland flashed more speed than any of Canada's previous opponents and was able to spring several players early in the game.

Pihlman opened the scoring with his second goal of the tournament. Canadian defenceman Braydon Coburn accidentally knocked the puck on to the Finnish forward's stick and he beat Dwayne Roloson at 4:02.

And they kept coming.

Hannes Hyvonen walked in off the point and tested Roloson with a tricky shot before Ruutu had a pass bounce over his stick while standing alone at the side of an empty net. However, the puck ended up coming around the boards after that play and Salmela made it 2-0 with a point shot that appeared to bounce off Derek Roy's glove and in.

Chants of "Suomi! Suomi!" were ringing through Kloten Arena but Canada soon found an answer.

They worked the puck around on their first power play of the game before Spezza banked it in off Rinne from behind the goal at 16:02. The Finnish netminder should have had it.

Canada carried some momentum into the second period but gave it up by getting into penalty trouble. Captain Shane Doan was called for three minors in the period - the last of which led to Finland's third goal when Kapanen slid the puck between Roloson's legs on the power play at 17:22.

Heatley got that one back less than a minute later on a Canadian power play. Standing in the high slot, he tipped Derek Roy's pass behind Rinne to narrow the score to 3-2.

A chippy period ended fittingly with Ruutu getting pushed by Canada's Steven Stamkos after a whistle and dropping like he'd been shot. However, the Finnish pest didn't fool the referees with his act and the players received offsetting penalties - Stamkos for roughing and Ruutu for diving.

The Canadian equalizer came on another power play. Heatley beat Rinne at 9:20 with wrist shot, setting the stage for extra time.

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Hannes Hyvonen scores shootout winner as Finland edges Canada 4-3