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U.S. Men Lose to Finland in Olympic Bronze Medal Game

02/22/2014, 10:30am MST
By USAHockey.com

SOCHI, Russia – The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team lost to Finland, 5-0, in the bronze-medal game of the Olympic Winter Games. Prior to Finland’s three-goal third period, Team USA was unable to capitalize on a pair of penalty shots in the first 40 minutes.
 
At 13:40 of the first period, Team USA was awarded a penalty shot when a Finn swatted a broken stick at a U.S. player. On the ensuing chance, Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./Chicago Blackhawks) aimed too far right on his backhand. Minutes later, Max Pacioretty (New Canaan, Conn./Montreal Canadiens) shot wide after gaining a step on the Finland defense.
 
Finland surged ahead 2-0 with goals 11 seconds apart early in the second period. At 1:27, Teemu Selanne fired a backhander from the left circle inside the near post. Then on a two-on-two rush, Jussi Jokinen scored on a one-timer.
 
Kane got his second penalty shot of the game at 13:36 after being slashed on a breakaway. His forehand shot beat Tuuka Rask only to clang off the right post and out.

Finland sealed its victory with third period power-play goals at 6:10, 9:06 and 13:09. Jusso Hietanen tallied first, followed by Selanne and Olli Maata.

Jonathan Quick (Milford, Conn./Los Angeles Kings) made 22 saves, while Rask had 27 stops for Finland.
 
Team USA completed the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in fourth place with a 3-1-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record.


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