Both goals came after mental and uncharacteristic mistakes by Team USA. Team USA was a favorite to win the gold medal before being manhandled by Team Canada on Friday. The loss to Canada sent USA to the bronze medal game.
I was worried for the Americans coming into this game. The Finns are a tough team. They are tight unit and they define what a team is and how every player plays their roles.
Teemu Selanne is 43 years young but he is still a great player. While I wanted the USA to win the bronze medal, Teemu Selanne is my favorite NHL player. That stems from his days as a Winnipeg Jet when he shattered rookie goal scoring and points records.
The Finnish Flash as he's known as is a fun player to watch. The guy was instrumental in his team's success at Sochi, especially in the bronze medal game.
Team USA had their chances, narrowly missing on their many opportunities. They hit posts, missed the net on glorious opportunities and then were unlucky on others.
You could see that the Americans were getting frustrated as the game moved and that was evident when Patrick Kane took an undisciplined player with under 16 minutes to play.
The Americans had had to take advantage of every second that was left in the game to have a chance at a comeback. Stupid penalties, the type committed by Kane was idiotic and destructive to the Americans.
In the end, it was clear that the Americans domination through their first 4 games was not indicative of what was to come for the Americans. Maybe their last two games were more representative of the team's true ability.
Tim Yoshi who was the hero in the game against Russia, took another dumb penalty by Team USA. That penalty was with a little under 12 minutes to play in the game. Being down by three with time running out and taking a stupid penalty like that was terrible.
That penalty led to another goal. Yes my friends, 4-0. The rout was on and the Americans were obliterated by the Finns.
Team USA took another dumb penalty out of frustration and that led to the Finns 5th goal. So that was three idiotic penalties that led to three Finnish goals. That was a disgusting display of hockey by Team USA in the third period.
This will go down as a very disappointing Winter Olympics for Team USA. It has to be clear after this game that Team USA was not a great team. They weren't a favorite. They fell apart when the pressure was on.
The penalty led to a Finland goal to put them up 3-0. The shutout by Finland means that in their last 120 minutes the Americans didn't score a goal.
We will never know what the loss was to this team's arch rivals, the Canadians on Friday had to do with the pathetic game that they played today.
The Finns lost to their border rival, the Swedes on Friday 2-1 but they didn't let that game deter them. They played a great game and they deserved the bronze medal.
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