Finland eliminates U.S.

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.

Joensuu opened the scoring at 13:27 in the second period, but Anaheim Ducks rookie forward Kyle Palmieri scored 20 seconds later.

Bobby Ryan, also of the Ducks, added a goal for the U.S. early in the third period for a 2-1 lead.

Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild tied it with 6:58 left in the third. Joensuu, once with the New York Islanders, pounced on a pass from Petri Kontiola and scored from close in with just nine seconds left.

Finland meets Russia on Saturday in the semifinal.