US Falls to Finland, Leaves Sochi Empty Handed

22 Feb

The United States men’s hockey team came to Sochi with golden aspirations, and left with nothing.

After a dominant start to the tournament, which included a 7-1 thumping of Slovakia, and a thrilling shootout win over Russia, things quickly turned for the Americans.

A tough 1-0 shutout loss to Canada in the semi-finals ended any chance of the US winning its first olympic gold medal since 1980, and the loss set up a match-up for the bronze medal with Finland.

For the second consecutive game, the Americans failed to score and Finland dominated in all phases to take home the bronze with a 5-0 win.

The 43-year-old Teemu Selanne netted 2 goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped all 26 American shots to lead Finland. Selanne now has the most goals in olympic hockey history with 24.

The first period was controlled by the United States, but that quickly changed in the 2nd.

Selanne got the Fins on the scoreboard less than 90 seconds in. Eleven seconds later, Jussi Jokinen made it 2-0 on a well executed one-timer.

Finland put the game away for good in the 3rd. Juuso Hietanen scored 6 minutes in, Selanne scored again 3 minutes later, and Olli Maatta put the finishing touches on the game after he scored with 7 minutes to play.

Patrick Kane had an especially tough game for the US. Kane missed not one, but two penalty shots. He also took 2 penalties. For the tournament, Kane totaled just 4 points and failed to score a goal.

These quotes tell you all you need to know about the game.

“To get blown out of a medal game 5-0 is unacceptable,” team captain Zach Parise said.

“No excuses. I wasn’t good enough to help the team win a medal. I was expected to do a lot more,” Patrick Kane said.

Now that the US is returning to America without any hardware, Sochi will without a doubt go down as one of the biggest failures in United States hockey history.

These olympics were supposed to be about revenge for the Americans, and instead they were once again filled with colossal disappointment.

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