The talented skaters from the United States just couldn’t recover from their emotional semifinals loss to Team Canada on Feb. 21, and a day later they were crushed by Team Finland, 5-0, in the Bronze Medal game.
Team USA’s Olympic dreams really ended when they lost 1-0 to Canada on Feb. 21, but the final nail was emphatically driven in by Team Finland in the Bronze Medal game on Feb. 22. The entire American team struggled as the Finnish squad played with pride and energy to the tune of a 5-0 score.
Team USA Dominated By Finland
After playing a tight, scoreless first period, it all unraveled early in the second. A US turnover led to a goal from Fin superstar Teemu Selanne, and Team Finland added another goal just eleven seconds later.
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A stunned US team meandered on throughout the rest of the game, and though they had their chances — specifically two penalty shots for Patrick Kane — the Finnish team completely shut them out.
When Finland made it 3-0 early in the third period, the game was as good as over.
Team USA Goes Home Empty-Handed
It’s safe to say that the high-flying US team, who had scored 20 goals in their first four games and zero in their last two, was operating on a “gold medal or bust” mentality, and after getting knocked out by Team Canada on Feb. 21, their hearts were never in the Bronze Medal game.
But that isn’t exactly an excuse for the egg they laid against Finland. Team USA went into the Sochi games with the highest expectations, and though a bronze medal wouldn’t have met them, it would have at least salvaged their Winter Olympics run. Unfortunately, the stars of the US are headed back to their NHL jobs with nothing to show for their trip to Sochi.
— Andrew Gruttadaro