United States Embarassed; Lose a Chance to Medal
The United States quest for a medal ends on a embarassing note, with the United States falling to Finland 5-0, and thus not obtaining Bronze.
The United States were going to use this game as a rebound game, trying to play their best after a disappointing loss in the semi-final game against Canada. On the opposite side of the coin, Finland was coming off a disappointing loss to Sweden.
Both teams, wanted to come off firing on all cylinders and in the first period, it seemed that the United States forgot yesterday’s disappointment. A failed penalty shot attempted by Patrick Kane, set the tone that this could be a long day for the United States.
The start of the second proved that, two quick goals by the Finnish really put the dagger in the United States heart. Another failed penalty shot attempted by Patrick Kane that right there really summed up his entire Olympic tournament, and for the past two games summed up the United States.
You can say that Ryan McDonagh had his coming out party this entire tournament. It’s true, minus his hard pinch that helped lead to Finland’s second goal, he’s been USA’s best defenseman, and he’s been on the first pair for nothing. Used his offensive strengths, managed to grab a goal and an couple assists in this tournament. If he wasn’t a household name, he is after this tournament.
Ryan Callahan finished with an assist this tournament. But his energy and heart isn’t something that is forgotten. He’s was team USA’s best energy player throughout the entire tournament. Does Glen Sather take this in consideration? Not for 7 million per year. March 5 is coming up close.
Derek Stepan, played one game. In that one game, it was as the extra forward. He did coin the Brown-Backes-Callahan line as the “meat line” so there’s that?
Besides the gold medal game tomorrow the NHL IS BACK! Tuesday cannot come fast enough as the Sabres take on the Hurricanes in a makeup game. Though, if you are a Ranger fan, Thursday cannot come fast enough. It’s a tough task though, as they take on the defending Stanley Cup champions at home.
For FullTilt Rangers? We’ll be back at it bright an early tomorrow with Sweden Canada. Make sure you check out that live blog!