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Inside an Olympic hockey game (photos)

CNET's Ina Fried finally made it inside the Olympic competition, checking out a game between Finland and Belarus.

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Gather round

The Finnish hockey team huddles before its game against Belarus, its first match of the Olympic tournament.
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Go Finland

A young fan cheers on the Finnish team with a sign reading "Go Finland" (in Finnish).
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Belarus fans also represent

Thought outnumbered significantly by the Finnish fans, there were some Belarus fans in the house on Wednesday.
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Face-off

The scramble for the puck may have been close, but the game wasn't. Finland topped Belarus 5-1.
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NHL star Selanne leads Finland

Teemu Selanne is one of many NHL players on the Finnish squad that took on Belarus on Wednesday.
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Fans to the Finnish

Sanni Kallio and Pauliina Meri of Finland cheer on their squad. Meri's boyfriend is a member of Finland's moguls skiing team. He finished 21st, missing the finals by one place.
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Somebody help me

A worker struggles to pull out the post that holds the goal in place. Removing the post is necessary for the resurfacer to be able to clean the ice.
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Calling in reinforcements

Colleagues moved to the aid of a worker unable to remove a post to clean the ice in between periods.
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Let's box

Australia's boxing kangaroo made an appearance at Wednesday's hockey game between Finland and Belarus, much to the delight of some young fans.
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Time to stretch

With just four shots coming his way during the first two periods, Finnish goalie Miikka Kiprusoff tries to stay loose.
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Belarus' best-known player

While the Finnish team was filled with household names, the Belarus team had few NHL players. Probably their best known player is Ruslan Salei, who plays for the Colorado Avalanche.
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Still resting

Finnish goalie Miikka Kiprusoff takes a breather as the puck remained largely in the Belarus end.
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Finally, some action

Kiprusoff did finally get some more shots to handle during the third period as Belarus stepped up its attack. He proved up to the task, though as Finland won handily, 5-1.

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